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May 11 2012

Cracking Down on Wrongful Walking

There is no activity that our nanny state masters won’t hyper-regulate — including walking. Just across the Hudson from NYC:

Fort Lee’s police chief has seen his share of careless pedestrians texting or talking on the phone in his own town. …

After trying pamphlets and brochures, he’s ordering his officers to ticket careless pedestrians on the spot.

“They’re not alert and they’re not watching what they’re doing,” Police Chief Thomas Ripoli told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis. …

Unlike careless driving, there’s no specific charge for being a careless pedestrian, but Chief Ripoli said his officers are watching, adding they’ll know it when they see it.

I know runaway authoritarianism when I see it. Too bad I can’t issue a ticket.

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  • http://www.thelooniverse.com harrie

    I stop walkin’ while I’m talkin’ and am still alive.

  • http://www.henrypbabcock.com Henry

    They’ll know it when they see it.”

    So ripe for abuse of process civil suits… if everything works out right, Chief Ripoli will be stripped of his badge and pension.

  • Bob Roberts

    In a small town (a suburb of Camden, NJ) just across the Delaware from Philadelphia, I was walking down a public street, engaging in a couple hobbies of mine, none of which are illegal in any way, one afternoon, well before dusk.

    Some idiot moonbat apparently decided that some imposing stranger walking through his neighborhood automatically meant trouble – i.e. they “profiled” me. I was about a half mile or more away when some local cop rolled up on me, just walking down the street, out of the neighborhoods and in an industrial area now, headed towards the county line. He hassled me for about a half hour to 45 minutes, trying to find some reason to haul me in, I guess, but I was squeaky clean so he finally had to cut me loose. Truth is I could have just told him to shine on from the start and kept walking, but had I done that I expect he would have made trouble and lied about it later, so I played the game.

    Though it was none of his business, and I could have answered his questions with that remark, when he asked me (for like the fourth time) at the end where I was going (I had already told him three times), I said, again, “to the next county”, showed him my GPS, again, with the waypoint I was headed towards, and again explained that I was engaging in a hobby and that was what was taking me there, plus my love of just getting out and walking and getting exercise, while seeing new places.

    “Don’t let me catch you back here”, he said.

    As if he had any right to tell me I wasn’t allowed to freely use public streets and sidewalks. As if American Citizens aren’t allowed to go places just because some idiot cop says so.

    So I went about my business and he went about his. After I was done in the next county I retraced my steps, actually hoping that I’d encounter either him or whatever moonbat dropped a dime on me, for walking down a public street in broad daylight. I wanted to see where it might go and, though I’m not litigious, I did have my attorney on speed dial, just in case.

    I wonder what excuse he would have used had he seen me again? Anyway, I never found out. As the sun went down I was back crossing the Delaware on the Ben Franklin Bridge, idiot moonbats all around on both sides of the river, enjoying what was left of my day and wondering why moonbats think and act like they do.

    I still haven’t found out, but I’m trying!

  • Strnj1

    They just need to be comforted with the video of the gal walking while texting till she fell in the mall fountain…

    There’s no need for the law. You have the “Darwin Awards” to thin them out…

  • chuck in st paul

    Oh yeah, what about pernicious gyroflannery eh? When are we going to do something about that?

  • Logic Mine

    I agree! And I’ll tell ya what else needs to end. These smart phones that have games and the internet capability that people bring to work.

    I see them countless of times….playing either games or surfing the internet …instead of what they should be doing……………………………………………….. W O R K I N G !!!!

    I would understand if you are in the technical field and are using the capabilities of the smart phone to say..

    figure out the instantaneous voltage on a sine wave, maybe do some sort of mathematical conversion to some Hexadecimal number, or use the spreadsheet for some data manipulation and formula ciphering.

    But mostly, I see,….playing Angry Birds, Scrabble, etc. etc. and I see surfing the internet on subjects that have nothing to do with thier JOB!

    Now, before you say I’m just being a anal-retentive, I’m not complaining about the “QUICK” browsing or even a quick break from the monotony. I’m complaining about the “STEADY 10-20 minutes of stealing money from their employer!”

    No, I’m not the boss, I’m the employee “NEXT” to the employee who has to DO THE OTHER EMPLOYEE’S WORK because they were too busy playing on thier “SMART PHONE”.

  • Logic Mine

    And let me continue my tirade.

    I have seen the birth of the smart phone and have witnessed its addiction.

    Yes, ADDICTION. I use that word very precisely because I have witnessed people driving and getting text messages and instead of doing the sensible thing and ignoring it until they have stopped driving and then answer or reply to the message or missed phone call

    …I see people fumbing with their “SMART PHONE” taking thier eyes off the road or for that matter when they are walking they put themselves and others at risk!

    You know, I remember when the “CORDLESS PHONE” came out. Even then, I thought it a controversy that now noone had an excuse to “NOT ANSWER” the phone. Some people use it while in the BATHROOM! WHY?!!? There must be some line drawn in sand to say,
    … “NO, I am busy right now, I will not answer the phone now and I will call back when it is convinient for ME!”

    Why can’t we seem to do that? Why do we let a stupid little device decide for us when we will pay attention to it?

  • John Thomas

    I totally agree with this. You should see the idiots in Los Angeles. They step out in front of my car on a daily basis. Our laws are very crazy here, and if they even think about stepping off the curb you’re supposed to slam on your brakes, or get a ticket. I hate California.

  • Toa

    Wasn’t it Ben Franklin who said “When a people become increasingly corrupt and immoral, they have greater need of masters”? The huge percentage of Americans who possess a childish addiction to pleasure, comfort and convenience, glued to their electronic toys, invite the intervention of modern bureaucracies- who already think they can create a world free of risk, danger, pain and inconvenience (for them, anyway). I can’t count the serious traffic accidents we’ve had here in Simi Valley, Ca. due to some stupe drooling over his/her text messaging while they’re driving or walking.
    Like some here, I have mixed feelings about this cop’s proposal…

  • Belfast

    I read the article. It will be law everywhere eventually. Just like seat belts.
    It is directed at idiots who walk in front of trucks and it is not theoretical. There are stats.

  • Jimbo

    Here’s one for you Bob (you look up everything – I love it!) – in the last 10 years, how many people (mostly younger) have been offed while walking down railroad tracks with their heads plugged into music? Just railroad “accidents”. When I lived in the SF Gay Area it was fairly frequent – particularly in Occupied Oakland.

    Technology can be dangerously distracting to the stupid. But when walking, mostly (until the dipshits bump into me on the sidewalk) they are a danger only unto themselves.

    Let Darwin sort the bastards out.

  • Kell

    DUMBASS!!!

    In every city in America, the pedestrian ALWAYS has the right of way…ALWAYS! Says so in every drivers handbook and on every driving test…so….LMAO…DUMBASS!!! Enough said!

  • Kell

    If you don’t like the way I drive stay off the sidewalks!

  • dan

    They’re DOING IT WRONG :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqhlQfXUk7w

  • wingmann

    Logic Mine says:
    May 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    ______________________

    Both of your posts are spot on…
    The first one sounds exactly like a friend of mine so much that I copied it and emailed it to him!
    And YES,This costs companies millions of dollars in lost production annually.
    If I were still running a small business and caught employees playing games on company time…well,let’s say,they would be pounding the pavement!

  • wingmann

    What has been produced for connection has become the great disconnect…wonderful irony.

  • bobdog

    Ah, America…Land of the perpetually annoyed.

    Jeezus, folks. Do we have to regulate EVERYTHING?

    Try this: Get the hell over it and leave other people alone. Your personal pet peeves are personal problems. Deal with them.

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