Ok, this story was in fact a Slashdot Troll. I'm embarrassed that I fell for this and even posted a comment. Especially considering the fact that several of the +5 posts almost said exactly what I did in the same tone. Oh, well. Just a place you have to have a bunch of buddies kissing your ass to get good karma on Slashdot. Anyhow, I won't be making this mistake again. I can rant here for free and nobody really cares. Besides, I do actually effect pedestrian legislation in my state. Which, according to the moderators on Slashdot, makes me Flamebait. Anyhow, on to bitter and better rants.
I made a comment on the Slashdot discussion about this proposed legislation. Of course, I rarely post any comments on Slashdot, since it's typically moderated by uninformed morons. And I think more often than not, I get modded down because I say what I think. Here is the text of my comment:
I serve on a local advisory board for pedestrian related issues. It's my opinion that this law way oversteps. If we're going to ban electronic devices that make crossing a busy street illegal, why not just ban electric wheelchairs?
Being able to hear certainly helps cross the road safely, however, some pedestrians don't hear well or at all. Should we also ban them from being pedestrians. What about the blind?
It is the drivers responsibility to yield to pedestrians. IANAL, but I think this law will eventually fall flat on its face since it contradicts state law requiring drivers to yield to pedestrians
The fact is, most people think only in terms of drivers. Rarely do they see things from the perspective of the pedestrian. It's useless to try to convince them otherwise. I'm sure not every state senator in New York is foolish enough to not say something about this.
Oh, and by the way. I think this article was a troll. In fact, no legislation was discussed or introduced that pertains to this. In fact, there are several pieces of legislation that have been introduced recently and all are related to pedestrian safety. Not the safety of motorists from pedestrians.