NYC Blues: $100 Handheld Gaming Fine

Don't cross the road and get killed. Otherwise you'll get fined.

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NYC Blues: $100 Handheld Gaming Fine
New Yorkers who cross the street while playing a handheld videogame, listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine, according to a new Reuters report today.

Three pedestrians Brooklyn district have been killed since September upon stepping into traffic while distracted by an electronic device, says New York State Sen. Carl Kruger, who told Reuters:

"What's happening is when they're tuning into their iPod or BlackBerry or cell phone or video game, they're walking into speeding buses and moving automobiles. It's becoming a nationwide problem."

He added:

"Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry… This electronic gadgetry is reaching the point where it's becoming not only endemic but it's creating an atmosphere where we have a major public safety crisis at hand."

Kruger is introducing legislation as of today to ban the use of electronic gadgets while crossing the road. Those who ignore the ban could face a fine of $100. Has anybody out there been involved in a near-fatal car accident while playing Lumines II or New Super Mario Bros. recently?


majin dboy 8 Feb 2007 18:14
i have nearly walked into a few lamp posts on my way home from UTV(ITV) playing advance wars.
DoctorDee 8 Feb 2007 20:01
He doesn't really mean endemic ("natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place"), does he?

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Ditto 8 Feb 2007 22:03
Endemic means prevelant in a particular community according to my A Level Biology...

Oxford define it as "(of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area".

Although I've just realised that your post could mean that Americans naturally walk into the road and get ran over thus implicitly saying they're stupid?
PreciousRoi 9 Feb 2007 04:37
no, just him :)
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