New York takes aim at distracted walkers, runners

Attention texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners on the street: You may soon get unplugged.Lawmakers in New York, led by state Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), have

PARK SLOPE - Attention texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners on the street: You may soon get unplugged.

Lawmakers in New York, led by state Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), have proposed restrictions on the use of cell phones and music players such as iPods by peoplerunning and walking on the street or sidewalk.

Kruger has proposed banning pedestrian use of electronic devices while in the crosswalk of cities with a population of one million or more. The proposals come as safety advocates are shifting their attention more to pedestrians distracted by their gadgets.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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