Big Brother Wants to Disable Our Cell Phones

by Crocker on November 17, 2010, 10:31 am

in Culture,Law,Politics

On Joe Scarborough’s show yesterday morning, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced his campaign against cell phone use in cars. He’s been mulling this scheme over for awhile but now he seems ready to roll it out. As Ed Morrissey observes, however, the CDC and NTSB have both reported steadily falling highway fatalities – particularly among younger drivers who’re supposedly the problem.

Apparently, the plan includes scrambler technology to disable our phones whilst driving – even those of passengers in the car. From The Daily Caller:

“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.”

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.

I love the anecdotal approach to governing and the encroachment of federal rulemaking into traffic law, which is the states’ area of jurisdiction.

Here’s the clip of LaHood on MSNBC – not very impressive, is he?

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