Regime wants to disable your cell phone while you’re driving
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (more here and here) is at it again. Despite all data to the contrary, commissar LaHood thinks the government should require cell phone disabling devices in cars. To protect us from ourselves, of course. (story here from Say Anything)
The fact is that traffic accidents and fatalities have trended down to a 60-year low according to the NHTSA despite the rise in cell phone use while driving. There’s also a more recent study released by the CDC which shows that traffic accidents among young drivers have dropped 36% over the last five years despite an increase in cell phone use.
Plus, there’s absolutely zero evidence to indicate that bans on cell phone use while driving have done anything to make roads safer where they’ve been implemented.
But that’s not stopping Obama’s Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood:
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said using a cell phone while driving is so dangerous that devices may soon be installed in cars to forcibly stop drivers — and potentially anyone else in the vehicle — from using them.
“There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that,” said LaHood on MSNBC. LaHood said the cellphone scramblers were one way, and also stressed the importance of “personal responsibility.” …
“I think it will be done,” said LaHood. “I think the technology is there and I think you’re going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones. We need to do a lot more if were going to save lives.”
So where’s all the data that supports this draconian government action?
The Highway Loss Data Institute tracked collisions involving insured vehicles in three states and Washington DC, all of which have recently enacted bans on cell phone use while driving, and noticed no change in crash rates.
Another group, the The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, did a similar study comparing crash rates in California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington both before cell phone driving bans were enacted and after. This study noted that crash rates actually got worse after the ban passed, something the study attributed to drivers attempting to be more furtive while they were using their cell phones.
Something tells me that this probably won’t affect Ray himself because he rides around in a chauffeur-driven government issue limousine. If you’re concerned about government intervention in your life, here’s what commissar LaHood has to say about it:
“About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives,” said LaHood. “So have at it.”
Do we really need people like this in government?