Mayor Bloomberg — who has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats, salt and big sugary drinks — is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.
The new target for regulatory crackdown is teens who listen to loud music on their earbuds.
New York is a city where it’s not difficult to buy and use marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, and heroin.
So why is Bloomberg (pictured below) going after earbuds. Yes, earbuds.
In 2005, he signed a law — “Operation Silent Night” — overhauling the noise code. It cracked down on jolting jackhammer sounds at construction sites and on music blaring out of clubs, helping “make New York quieter and more liveable.”
But this new initiative is more personal.
The iPod generation is the first to use “buds” that are inserted directly into the ears. And modern music players are more of a threat to hearing than the Sony Walkman of the 1980s, experts say.
City officials declined comment on whether they will turn to famous musicians to help get the message out.
So, while hard drugs and crime in general remain on many New York streets, Bloomberg is trying to make New Yorkers pure as he driven snow by taking away large sugary drinks, junk food, smoking, trans fats, salt and now ear buds.