Use of the iPod or any other portable electronic device while crossing the street would be illegal if enough fellow lawmakers agree with a New York official.
State Sen. Carl Kruger from Brooklyn, who plans to introduce the legislation points to the death of two of his constituents in their early twenties who were hit by vehicles while listening to music.
If you're so involved in your electronic device that you can't see or hear a car coming, this is indicative of a larger problem that requires some sort of enforcement beyond the application of common sense, Kruger said this week, according to the Associated Press.
Many states, including New York, already have laws requiring drivers to use hands-free cell phone devices while driving their cars. Kruger calls the street crossing behavior â€œiPod oblivion because some users are oblivious to possibly dangerous activity surrounding them while using their devices.
The penalty for breaking the law would be a court summons and a $100 fine.