All this discussion about New York banning cell phones and iPods from crosswalks is overdue. I hate when those damn things are lying in crosswalks; while they make a satisfying crunching sound, it’s hard on low-profile tires.
So, why stop there? Let’s just get on with it and ban conversation in crosswalks. I know I get fairly heated sometimes talking to people, and I’m sure that makes me more prone to walking into a speeding cab.
And while we’re at it, let’s ban kids from cars. Mine argue all the time about who owns which side of the car, so who gets to claim any nearby Caterpillar front-end loaders we pass by as being on their side. Settling those discussions while driving 60 mph is a huge cognitive load for me. Very risky.