Idiot of the Week: State Senator Carl Kruger

kccgraduationweb.jpg Congratulations to this week’s Idiot of the Week: State Senator Carl Kruger. He represents parts of South Brooklyn. And he’s an idiot.

Senator Kruger has proposed a law that would ban using an iPod while crossing a street. The use of cell phones and Blackberries would be banned by the law as well. Some of you might think I’d be completely gung-ho about a law like this, since I constantly complain about bad pedestrians, and I made a tounge-in-cheek comment about banning smoking on sidewalks. But you’d be wrong.

Here’s Senator Kruger’s reasoning for proposing the bill (aside from the fact that he’s obviously a grumpy old man who doesn’t like this new-fangled technology):

Carl Kruger is proposing the ban in response to two recent pedestrian deaths in his district, including a 23-year-old man who was struck and killed last month while listening to his iPod on Avenue T and East 71st Street In Bergen Beach.

Senator Kruger is blaming the iPod for this man’s death! Did he ever think to blame the driver? If a pedestrian is in the crosswalk and has the “walk” signal, the driver has to yield. That’s the law. Period. That’s especially not a law that can be ignored in New York City, where there are far more pedestrians than there are cars. It doesn’t matter whether the pedestrian is on the phone, typing away on a Blackberry, or listening to The Cars (now that would be ironic) – if a pedestrian has the right of way and gets hit by a car, the driver is the one who has broken the law.

It seems like Senator Kruger would rather blame pedestrians for the city’s traffic problems than blame the drivers. Senator Kruger must love to drive! Why doesn’t he just propose a law that bans people from crossing streets all together? That’s the only way that those poor, innocent drivers will be able to avoid hitting those nasty pedestrians!

By the way, if the “don’t walk” signal is lit and a pedestrian walks into the street and gets hit by a car, there’s already a term for that: it’s called JAYWALKING. And it’s already illegal.

Congratulations, Carl Kruger. You’re this week’s Idiot of the Week.

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25 responses to “Idiot of the Week: State Senator Carl Kruger

  1. I thought pedestrians always have the right away whether you are jaywalking or not.

  2. Senator Kruger might also propose a ban on anyone that is over the height of four foot eight inches tall – look at him, he is literally the size of that podium.

  3. Sarah

    Carl Kruger: “You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! “

  4. As someone who is often rocking out far too much to David Bowie or the Clash on my iPod to notice a car hurtling towards me, I can understand why he wants to do. Common sense: Pay attention to what’s around you, especially a speeding vehicle.

    But, libertarian as I am, legislating such as thing in the way he is doing is not the way to go…

  5. I think pedestrians have the right of way regardless of jaywalking when it comes to determining fault in an accident. And not only does Kruger look 4’8″ tall, he also looks 4’8″ wide!

  6. Deb

    All that is needed is a little reminder of what most mothers drill into their kids. “Look before you cross the street.” For those in Brooklyn: “Didn’t ya mudda teach ya nothin’?!” To be followed by a good slap upside the head.
    In Senator Kruger’s world we would have to outlaw the deaf and blind from crossing as well. Wouldn’t that be in violatation of the ADA?

  7. Whoa — I just posted an item on EW.com about this AND suggested listening to The Cars (“Dangerous Type”) while obvliviously rocking out. It will look like I was copying you, yo. Nice!

  8. First smoking, then trans fat, now iPods. Just give up now and get the chip inserted in the base of your skull. We can call it a public safety issue.

    http://higherbar.wordpress.com/2007/02/07/perhaps-new-york-should-focus-on-their-finance-problem/

  9. Alan Cabal

    It should be legal to shoot bad drivers.

  10. You know, he does look like Vizzini which probably means he thinks of pedestrians as hippopotamic land masses.

  11. This reminds me of a Shel Silverstein poem about a boy named Headphone Harold … the last line is something like:

    He heard the drums and not the train.

    Be careful out there …

  12. I’m gonna have to go with blaming the pedestrian. After all, regardless of whether or not he was at the crosswalk, he was obviously a little too preoccupied in other things than to follow one of the first lessons we learn as children… LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET!

  13. Maryland passed such a law back in the late 1980s. Legislature convened, within ten days there were two deaths. In one a bicyclist with a Walkman ignored warning honks from autos, and drove into the path of a semi. In the second, a jogger was running along the rails of a seldom-used but still active rail route, again plugged into his Walkman. An express train caught him from the back. The horn blasts from the train didn’t penetrate.

    You’d think common sense would prevail. Of course, you’d be wrong. Why not a law? Who is harmed by such a law? No one.

  14. No way, dude. It’s either the diaper-wearing astronaut, or the guy who, while riding a ski lift, couldn’t stop himself from masturbating until he got home.

    Great blog though—found you via Please Do It, Miss Hewitt.

  15. Chris

    true megan, they do have the right.

    it’ll be fun for new yorkers to take their earbuds out every time they cross the street.

    Question: only iPods or all mp3 players?

  16. netventurer

    Who is harmed by such a law? Everyone. It’s time to stop legislating “personal responsibility” issues.

  17. I agree that the senator is the idiot of the week, but I would say that Bush is the idiot of the year.
    I would like to exchange links with you. Is that possible?
    http://murphyme.wordpress.com
    Victor Bodo

  18. netventurer: Indeed. You cannot just outlaw everything you would not personally like to do.

  19. Legislating to protect stupidity makes for an uncomfortable world for the rest of us.

    You’d no more walk across a busy street or run by the tracks with a blind fold on, so why block other life-preserving senses?

    Stupid is as stupid does. Let nature cull the herd.

  20. Tyler: Blame the pedestrian? If I have a “walk” signal, I shouldn’t have to look both ways before I cross the street. When you’re driving, do you stop at every green light to look for pedestrians crossing against the light?

  21. I live in NY and saw this in the paper today, shook my head. Yeah so what,I listen to my ipod and use my sidekick when walking. Id rather do that then hear the arguing on the street or the honking of cars. Oh wait Im sorry, are they going to start banning loud music in cars as well? Everything is a distraction to these people, so why just not outlaw driving & walking all together! What about people that are deaf and blind??? So 3 people get killed because they were morons that weren’t paying attention to their surroundings, and the rest of the millions upon millions of people that live in this state and pay taxes for this mans salary and the billions of tourists who pay through the nose in sales tax which also goes towards his salary get punished. This is rediculous . What do we outlaw next? Heavy breathing? Im sure he needs all the air he can get.

  22. OMG! Carl Kruger needs a life. He should spend more of his time worrying about the genocide in Darfur then on banning the use of iPods and cellphones while crossing the street. What is possibly going to happen? Let’s be realistic what is anyone going to do call the cops and say that they saw someone crossing the street whiling listening to their iPod. Like I said C’mon!

  23. he is a dickhead

    fucking douchebag! how did that little midget get elected anyway?

    i’m tired of these old fuckers stealing our technology and then telling us how to use it. no more toys for u grandpa!

    that’s it. i’m moving to china.

  24. Alan Cabal

    How is China?

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