When You’re Bored and Have Nothing Better to Do
You’ve already crashed the automotive market with an odd bailout. You’re already putting down weird restrictions that make for an uncompetitive market. Geez, you’re bored now. So what do you do? How about infuriate everyone again?
Remember, in Hopenchange, everything not expressly permitted will be outlawed. In an attempt to deal with the supposed epidemic of distracted drivers, especially younger drivers, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Obama administration will review its options in blocking cell phone use in cars:
The Daily Caller had the original post:
The hosts of Morning Joe pushed the secretary about the possibility of requiring scrambling technology installed in vehicles.
“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.”
LaHood’s appearance coincided with the transportation department’s launch of the “Faces of Distracted Driving,” an online campaign aimed at scaring drivers safe. The awareness initiative features videos of people who have been injured by distracted drivers.
Next, we’ll be banning eating in cars, talking in cars to other people… in fact, you can’t have other people in the car with you! Nope, you’re too irresponsible to actually drive. You have to walk. Becuase that’s what this is all about. We can’t care for ourselves in this current state, so we must instead be cared for hand and foot. I’m sure we can all ride the bus, but we’ll still have our cell phones scrambled so that we don’t distract the bus driver.
Ed Morrissey also points out that driving laws are state and local issues, not federal ones. At this point, the feds are just looking for an excuse to get pushy again about what you can and can’t do.
Look, I’m happy that we’re trying to make driving safer. Less people are dying every year (despite the press to the opposite). The car I drive now is incredibly safer than the one I was driving ten years ago, and even that one was a huge leap from my first car. And I’m generally supportive of requirements that make people pay more attention to the road. However, a draconian edict of compliance will just make people find ways around the law, and then you’ve turned everyday citizens into lawbreakers. Thanks, guys. Prohibition worked so well, after all.