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These Congressmen Are Killing Me

Posted by Chris DeMarco on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I happened to come across this news article on news.com the other day – apparently a New York senator wants to ban the use of electronic devices while crossing the street. He doesn’t just want to ban iPods while crossing the street, which actually makes some sense since you can’t hear sirens or traffic if you have headphones on, though it’s still stupid. He actually wants to ban any electronic device, including cell phones, portable video game systems, and video players. I don’t know if he plans on forbidding people from crossing the street while on bluetooth headsets too, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

Now, I’ll be the first to say that when I’m blasting music into my ears with my iPod, I’m completely oblivious to outside noises. So, I acknowledge that there is perhaps some degree of danger in crossing the street if you don’t know that there’s an ambulance speeding down the road before it hits you. In fact, I’ll even agree that a bill to prohibit blind people from crossing the road while listening to their iPods would be just dandy. Normally, however, sirens conveniently come from some sort of physical, visible thing that any semi-intelligent living thing (that can see) would be easily aware of. If you can’t handle crossing a road without being able to hear, you just might need to get run over a few times so you can learn how to.

Honestly, if crossing a busy road, I would probably pause the song I was listening to, and turn it back on when I got to the other side. I just like to be able to hear when I’m trying to concentrate. However, if this became a law, I would apparently have to completely take the headphones off, and put them back on when I got to the other side, to avoid the risk of being slapped with a $100 fine on top of court costs.

And, if I can handle talking on the phone while writing a paper, eating a bowl of soup, and watching a James Bond movie, I can certainly manage talking on the phone while crossing a road, especially on a bluetooth headset. In fact, I do it all the time. If somebody seriously thinks he can tell me that I can’t handle talking on the phone while walking, then we have a serious problem, and unfortunately for him, it does not lie with me.

Lastly, if someone is stupid enough to watch a movie on a portable DVD player while crossing the road, then they pretty much deserve whatever outcome results.

I guess you just have to become a senator before you can reach the level of stupidity required for this idea to make sense.

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3 Responses to “These Congressmen Are Killing Me”

  1. Tom Says:

    That is a completely stupid idea… I don’t see this becoming a law anytime soon though, there’s no way they can let something so stupid go through.


  2. Brooke Says:

    Chris, you’re absolutely hilarious…haha

    obviously you should become a senator because you would do a much better job then that current senator that you were talking about.


  3. linuxpenguin Says:

    If you are dumb enough to cross the street without looking, then that’s pretty sad.
    This is just going to be a pain, especially in New York where there’s tons of streets and such. You’d be taking your headphones off every 5 minutes probably! I wonder what he’s thinking – who’s going to take off their headset at every street corner? I don’t know, but I’d guess in busy cities like New York, that’s the only way many people get exercise – listening to music while walking/jogging/etc., unless they go to a gym.


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