Skip to comments.Many New Yorkers Laugh Off Proposed 'iPod' Law (NYers Wonder What Else Politicians Can Take Away)
Posted on 02/07/2007 3:21:14 PM PST by presidio9
Hey you, with the iPod, the cell phone, the BlackBerry ... be careful where you roam.
Don't even think about crossing the street in New York while using any of these things because soon it could be against the law.
Are lawmakers crossing the line? First smoking and cell phone use, then a ban on the stuff that makes a lot of your favorite foods taste good. Now, a New York state senator is set to introduce a bill that would say when and where you can listen to your iPod, among other things.
Under the proposed "iPod" bill, the offending electronics user would be issued a criminal court summons -- with a penalty of $100 -- and would have to appear in court.
Citizens were clearly perplexed when approached by CBS 2 on the streets on Wednesday. Many want answers. State Sen. Carl Kruger said the reasoning is simple.
"You shouldn't be crossing streets and endangering the lives of yourself and others," said Kruger, a Democrat from Brooklyn who was expected to introduce the bill in Albany on Wednesday.
Kruger wants to make it illegal to use iPods, cell phones and other electronic devices while crossing the street, citing two people who were recently killed in his district doing just that.
"They walk into speeding cars. They walk into buses. They walk into each other," Kruger said.
"How could they make that into a law?" one person asked laughing.
Though some say the idea is ridiculous, it's part of a recent rampage of regulatory restrictions, joining no cell phones in the car, no trans fats in your food and no smoking in your bars.
That leaves people asking the question, is this New York we're talking about?
"You might as well not be alive, you know," one person said.
Added another: "Why does it need to be illegal? I don't understand."
Some of the people CBS 2 spoke with said they don't like the idea, but understand why it might be necessary.
Clearly the crackdowns are designed to keep people healthy and safe, but more than a few folks are wondering if the Big Apple is turning into a shrinking violet.
"If you start restricting people's rights to listen to their iPods, then what comes next?" another New Yorker said.
And they keep voting for these same people who keep raising their taxes and limiting their freedoms. It's amazing.
Lombardi's, for utes "virgins" that have never experienced this greatness.
Stop it..........youse makin me wheely hungree
It is this very thing that the Boston Tea Party was all about.
The absolutely abusive politicians who waste the money of the citizens while LEGISLATING AGAINST them are despicable. They ought to be run out of office and never allowed to hold one again. The BA$TARDS know exactly what they are doing. They LIED when they wanted the hands free cell phone laws for safety and it was proven when they were caught crying about people actually obeying the law and REVENUE FROM THE INFRACTIONS was down.
They can cry me a river, but I resent my fellow New Yorker (Hillary not included as she is no New Yorker) as they have allowed these rotton self serving sots to do this kind of thing over and over and over again.
The sheeple that live in NYC get what they deserve, but don't try and push guys like RINO-rudy on the rest of the country.
they shouldn't allow talking in crosswalks either - please everyone be quiet and keep your head looking at the groundd
NYC is not pushing Rudy on the rest of the country. Rudy is pushing Rudy on the rest of the country. And the press is enabling him. Rudy was an excellent mayor. He will make a lousy president.
That picture is beautiful.
I am sure they can keep on coming up with something. However, I must say, they deserve what they get because they allow it. I suppose this goes to all of us in every state. It happening all over. Geez, what does this say about us.
Last weekend, the history channel had a show that featured Lombardi's and I thought "I'm surprised NY lets him burn that coal". I've seen Lombardi's featured on many shows about pizza.
I told my fiance I want to go to NY just to eat at Lombardi's. Yum.
Our City Council is a group of 50 people sorely in need of meaningful employment.
Oh. Whoops. This was Albany. I'm sure the City Council is sorry they didn't think of it first.
Pretty good example of "stuck on stupid". ;^D
p.s. I'm getting hungry... are utes?
The Liberals want to make sure nobody has any fun - just like them.
I live right down the street from Lombardi's. Its always the best when the pizzas come out burt.
"New Yorkers wonder what else Politicians can take away?"
They can take everything including your life. There are no limits on them anymore.
I'm moving a couple blocks from Grimaldi's in April. I think I will be the only republican in DUMBO. Unless Jehovah's Witnesses are R's.
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