By Tom Leonard in New York
Last Updated: 1:24am GMT 09/02/2007
"iPod oblivion", the modern condition which reduces people with little white headphones stuffed into their ears to a zombie-like state, could become an offence in New York.
Alarmed by a spate of deaths in the city caused by iPod wearers inadvertently stepping into oncoming traffic, a New York senator is introducing legislation this week that would make it an offence - punishable by a $100 fine - to use any electronic device while crossing a street.
Carl Kruger, a senator for Brooklyn, wants the ban proposed in his distracted walking bill to be extended to mobile phones, handheld emailing devices such as Blackberries and video games.