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.