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Response to Proposed NYC Headphone Ban

Reader Redux: On Banning Headphones

After a very scary experience involving a set of plugged-in headphones and a car that ran a red light, I may support NYC's proposed ban on headphones while crossing the street. Not everyone agrees with it though; here's what some of you had to say:

  • "I always look both ways before crossing the street — it's NYC, I just assume a cab or a delivery person on a bike is about to hit me regardless of right of way. Heh. My headphones are also my only line of defense from constant sexual harassment on the street. I'd be an unhappy camper if I have to actually listen to what creepies are saying to me." — aniline
  • "I've had people walk right in front of my car without ever realizing that they were putting themselves in danger of being hit because they were wearing headphones and couldn't hear me. While a law seems a little silly, I can see why it's being proposed." — kindo1313
  • "I totally understand why they would want to do this . . . But I don't necessarily support it. I know personally (though I don't live in NYC) love walking with my headphones in, and I'm always really careful about looking both ways even when I have a walk signal! People just need to be less stupid. Can we make THAT a law?" — bethinabox
  • "People need to be more responsible for their own lives. I'm from New York City and when im walking down the street I make sure that my music isn't so loud that I cant hear the traffic or even someone around me. I've never been so distracted by my music that I'm oblivious to everything going on around me. And yes I have experienced reckless drivers before." — Yesi Jukebox

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elramos elramos 5 years
I think that's pretty ridiculous. I wear my headphones everywhere, and have NEVER almost been hit by a car because of it. It's common sense to look both ways before crossing the street. The problem here is not that people can't hear car horns, it's that they're not looking at where they're going. If the car is honking at you, it probably means you've been oblivious to it for awhile. I can't see this passing successfully without opposition.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 5 years
I am fine with this. I live in Los Angeles and a couple months ago a kid got hit by a truck. He was wearing headphones and didn't hear the truck honking its horn. When I go to class there are always people listening to music or playing with their phones. I can't count how many times I have seen people almost get hit because they aren't paying attention. I always take off my headphones when crossing the street. I can go without my music for 30 seconds if it will lessen my chances of being hit by a car.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 5 years
I understand the ban, though I think its a violation of your rights (what right it is, I don't know). If people are dumb enough to do get hit, then its survival of the fittest. Not long ago a kid was taking a shortcut near my office and was crossing the amtrak line. Well he didn't hear the train blaring its horn for over a mile away and got killed. They found the ipod and headphones not far away.
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