By now pretty much everyone is aware of the distracted driving laws that are being passed all over the country. In a nutshell, you are required to use a Bluetooth headset
or a handsfree device if you want to use your cell phone while driving.
Well one lawmaker in New York, State Senator Karl Kruger, would like to extend those laws to pedestrians crossing the street. He wants there to be a $100 fine levied against people who are listening to an MP3 player or talking on the phone while crossing the street. I understand the thought process behind this. Just last week we blogged about a woman who walked right into a mall fountain because she was texting a friend and not paying attention to where she was going.
At the same time, I'm a believer in Darwinism. Call me a cynic, but if you are so playing Angry Birds on your phone or listening to the latest Justin Bieber song on your iPod makes you completely oblivious to the world around you that you walk into oncoming traffic, then maybe a city bus taking you out isn't going to be a that huge of a loss for the gene pool.
It's only a matter of time before someone invents a cell phone accessory with a motion sensor on it that delivers an electric shock to the user if they get to close to a busy thoroughfare. Until then, we'll have lawmakers trying to micro manage every aspect of our lives because a few bad apples can't manage seem to manage their own.
Posted by David Yi, Social Media and SEO Assistant at Wireless Emporium