Lawmakers in Arkansas and New York are proposing restrictions on using cell phones and mp3 players while walking or running in the street or sidewalk.  Are the restrictions being created to protect the distracted pedestrians from injuring themselves or from injuring others?

Will lawmakers also ban painting while distracted?

Arkansas Senator Jimmy Jeffress,  says his aim is to increase awareness rather than punishment.  His proposal would prohibit pedestrians from wearing headphones on both ears.

New York Senator Carl Kruger, would prohibit people from using cell phones, mp3 players and other gadgets while crossing the street.  His proposal would ban the use of an electronic device in the crosswalk of a city with a population of 1 million or more.

If either of these proposed restrictions are ever enacted to protect us from harm, no longer will we be able to walk or run (distractedly) to the beat of a great tune, while drowning out the din of the city.