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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Texting Pedestrians Are Targets of Legislation


“Lawmakers in at least two states are looking to pull the plug on texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners, claiming their diverted attention borders on disaster. After targeting drivers who paid more attention to their phone calls and text messages than the road, lawmakers in Arkansas and New York are now looking to crack down on pedestrians equally distracted by their own electronic gadgets. Lawmakers in both states have proposed restrictions on using cellphones and music players such as iPods by people running and walking on the street or sidewalk. The apparent message: Distracted pedestrians are dangerous.” (USA Today)

Take a walk on the nanny-state side.

FEE Timely Classic
“Law and Good Intentions” by Andrew P. Morriss