"Lawmakers in at least two states are looking to pull the plug on texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners, claiming their diverted attention borders on disaster.
After targeting drivers who paid more attention to their phone calls and text messages than the road, lawmakers in New York and Arkansas are now looking to crack down on pedestrians equally distracted by their own electronic gadgets.
Lawmakers in both states have proposed restrictions on using cell phones and music players such as iPods by people running and walking on the street or sidewalk. The apparent message: Distracted pedestrians are dangerous."
I have to ask, "Dangerous to whom?" I almost ran over one of these texting idiots the other day. I wasn't in any danger, but my pickum-up truck would have inflicted a world of hurt on his dumb ass.
New York Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger weighed in on a series of accidents in his Brooklyn district that made him concerned about the number of pedestrians he saw paying closer attention to their devices than to what was in front of them.
“They were basically oblivious to the circumstances around them,” Kruger said. “They got wired up, and their head was just in a different place. I don’t think it’s that much different than a ban on cell phones while driving or any other distraction.”
I have to disagree with Kruger. There is a big difference between driving and walking while under the influence of electronic gadgets. Distracted drivers can hurt their victims severely - a walker, not nearly as much. Kruger was concerned about the texter who stepped off a curb in NYC and into the path of a bus. The texter was killed. I don't mean to sound insensitive, but - Oh well! That was a prime example of "the thinning of the herd."
People wandering about with their heads up their - well, while distracted are simply a ball-busting annoyance to those in their oblivious path. The true idiocy here is for lawmakers to try to legislate away stupidity to protect the mentally challenged members of the herd from themselves.