"We're talking about people ...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." - NY State Senator Carl Kruger (D).
To address this epidemic, and further restrict the liberties of citizens living in the greatest city in the world, Mr. Kruger has proposed a bill that, if passed, would prohibit citizens from using these devices while crossing the street. The fine for a violation? $100. Finally, New York's finest can focus on the real problem.
Pedestrian deaths supposedly linked to distraction from personal devices is running at 3%, according to the USDOT (PDF). Alcohol related pedestrian deaths, on the other hand, account for a staggering 40%!
But don't worry. It's only a matter of time until they come after your alcohol.