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They should also ban deaf people from walking on the streets
And while we're at it, ban people who stop in front of other people walking. What dolts.
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Beware the Governement "do gooder"
Its seems anymore our lives are full of those elected officials who are trying to help us, but really all they do is hinder us from our ability to enjoy our freedoms and rights.
Beware the elected official who though some seemingly benevolent purpose tries to deny you your right to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. Beware!
I would rather have a world, where people are free to act as they ple...
Ban Sexy Clothes
Because one of the High School students was blowing in her ear, so she covere...
it' not the pedestrians, stupid! it' the car!
then no-one will get hurt!
Horse drawn carriages were no picnic either.
Usually some dickhead would walk out stagger drunk from some saloon and get trampled.
On other occasions a pedestrian would not be careful enough to look where they were walking and ...
It's laws like these that make our society a bit more dumbed down. What happened to letting people figure things out for themselves?
Before he was a scientist he was deep into the Bible. He j...
If the person has not enough common-sense to know that being distracted while crossing a busy street puts them at risk, then let them be at fault and not the drivers in this case.
No ban is needed.
Use all the money that major urban cities pocket and put it towards highly visible signs at the "high risk" intersections. Make it totally clear through warnings and consequences of actions that create the dangers.
Then your "pedestrian" that is caught using a device (tons of security and traffic cams record it as well....hence they cannot deny they were not using it when the accident occurred).
You play with fire, you get burn...
When iPods are outlawed, only outlaws will have iPods!
It's a shame...
Politic is an ugly necessity.
The Problem IS...
This attitude is the SCARIEST thing of all. People who think government can solve our problems. I believe government IS the problem.
We should NOT let our gov tell us how ...
Ban Window Displays
another knee jerk reaction...
Railroad protestors (mainly Stagecoach Lines) tried to argue that travelling over 30mph was inherently dangerous.
Heck, the Electric Chair was invented because Edison was trying to convince pe...
Thank You Chicago!
Serioysly, we cannot legislate common sense and personal responsibility. UGH!
He better not win.
What a waste of resources. When will we find legislators who, themselves, have COMMON SENSE.
This idiot should be laughed out of office! Wait...his next proposed law makes it illegal to talk while walking!! How many ...
What a silly rule. Arn't there more important things to worry about in NYC than walking aross the street on your cellphone or listening to you ipod?
In cars versus walking.
The problem is, if you're driving and wreck you could take not only your own life but other's around you. If you're walking and you're too busy to pay attention to the 2000lb+ vehicle headed your way. That's your own fault.
Lets not legislate personal responsibility and/or COMMON SENSE!!!!
If someone is stupid enough to walk out in front of me....they bett...
he has been trying to get this law passed since 2008.
when is his term end?
And they should ban people from the city that don't look before crossing the street.
arsenic and Darwin
Isn't being killed by a truck enough of a fine?
You can't protect people from Darwin, nor should we...otherwise you end up with a society like in the movie Walle -- humans are overweight blimpoids that do nothing but eating and enjoy and are totally protect from themselves but also have zero drive to do anything productive.
Knee Jerk reaction
Please, you cannot regulate stupid.
This seems like a knee jerk reaction the the video of the lady walking into the fountain at the mall and it being posted on YouTube and her description of how embarassing it is for her now.
Please, you cannot reg