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    Coming Soon

    Walking and texting may soon be illegal:

    http://www.geektown.ca/2011/07/us-ci...e-walking.html

    Expect texting traps to surpass speed traps in Montreal.
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    Most laws and rules came from situations where peoples forgot about intelligence and needed to be protected from themselves. The sad part is laws and rules target everybody, even peoples who do use their intelligence.

    I can't count the amount of time I got hit while walking by somebody texting or reading a message. Everybody walking downtown witnessed at some point a phone reader hitting a wall or pole, getting stuck in a revolving door, falling off a sidewalk. Or those who get such important messages, they stop dead in their tracks, causing peoples behind them to hit them or to fall while trying to avoid the collision. Or the hot coffee spilled all over our cloths because somebody was so important his business couldn't wait so he was texting while walking, not looking where he was going.

    Even when driving we see pedestrians not looking where they are going and almost getting killed because they are too busy looking at their phone screen to see what's going on around them.

    20 years ago, we could survive without being in contact 100% of the time, why shouldn't we be able to survive now? When a message is so important, move away from traffic (pedestrian traffic and cars) then stop moving before reading/replying. That is not complicated and nobody will get hurt because of it.

    It is sad to get to that point but, if somebody had the idea of that law, it is because some peoples had a behavior that triggered it.
    Last edited by metoo4; 07-21-2011 at 12:28 PM.

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    Walkmans and other distractions have been around for at least a generation. There seems to be a cumulative effect from people using items in public that previously were used in private.

    The old public payphone was the exception but the mobility was limited and phones in a booth provided a degree of isolation. Today the cellphone, etc disrupts and is an inconvenience for all in public except the user.
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    Too bad about the law. In an over-populated world, we need agents of natural selection.

    I suppose that getting killed while texting and walking is too commonplace to qualify for the Darwin awards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon_vlad View Post
    Too bad about the law. In an over-populated world, we need agents of natural selection.

    I suppose that getting killed while texting and walking is too commonplace to qualify for the Darwin awards.
    A man after my own heart. Ever seen the movie idiocracy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainkirk View Post
    A man after my own heart. Ever seen the movie idiocracy?
    I just read the movie's description on wikipedia. It reminds me of a short story called "The Marching Morons" by Kornbluth, but might well be even more hilarious. I very much appreciate your making me aware of it. I will be sure to watch it.

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    I have nearly killed 3 people texting while walking across the street, and 4 with Ipads and ear buds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bowie View Post
    I have nearly killed 3 people texting while walking across the street, and 4 with Ipads and ear buds.
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    Seriously, with the tablets it is even worst, not only they don't see what is going on, they don't ear anymore because they watch movies.

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