|Daily Telegraph - Thursday 8 February, 2007
Crackdown on Die-Pods
OFFICIALS worried about pedestrians being run over while listening to iPods and radios are planning to fine anybody who crosses a road wearing such a device $100.
The crackdown is the brainchild of New York State Senator Carl Krugerm who today said three pedestrians in his Brooklyn district have been killed since September upon stepping into traffic while distracted by an electronic device.
"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."
"But 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."