Letter: Legislation is too restrictive
May 30, 2019 at 6:53 a.m.
I have just read with some alarm the article in the Journal News about texting while crossing streets. While a texting ban might not be so bad, the legislation appears to extend it to any use of an electronic device while crossing the street.
One of the great pleasures I have in life is my morning walk and/or jog for approximately two miles through the streets of Rye Brook and adjacent parts of Port Chester. During this morning exercise, I listen to a variety of music soundtracks. The way the law is worded, such a pleasure will become a violation of the law, subjecting one to arrest and fine.
While I believe strongly in pedestrian and motorist safety, there must be some ground for personal freedom, enjoyment and recreation. One should not, on morning sojourns around the neighborhood, have to keep one’s eyes peeled for a police officer. This is one occasion where the dictates of the majority leaders of the two houses of the state legislature and the governor must be subject to public input.
Link to similar article on CNN website, https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/us/new-york-walking-while-texting-trnd/index.html