More of the Nanny State
Now it seems that the next item in the crosshairs of the Nanny Staters are Ipods. Yep, walking and fiddling with your Ipod could get you a $100 ticket in New York if State Senator Carl Kruger gets his way.
“We’re talking about people walking sort of tuned in and in the process of being tuned in, tuned out,” Kruger said. “Tuned out to the world around them. They’re walking into speeding cars. They’re walking into buses. They’re walking into one another and it’s creating a number of fatalities that have been documented right here in the city.”
Yes I see this all the time. Why on just my way to work today I saw 15 people killed while fiddling with their Ipods. I tell you it is a national pandemic. [Note to the (morbid) humor imparied, I’m joking here.]
While I don’t doubt that there have indeed been cases of people getting hit while wearing an Ipod and not being fully aware of their surroundings, is this really a serious enough problem that we have to have the State deal with it? Exactly how many people walk with their Ipods and other electronic gadgets and how many deaths have been related to these gadgets? Why not go after bathtubs, swimming pools and curbs. How many people have been injured by curbs costing society untold productive work hours? Well? I tell you, we need to get rid of curbs.