November 17, 2010

"We know what's best for you"

Via Insty -- "progressive superiority" at it again:

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 dangerous?" Say Anything begs to differ:

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.

Look, I'm annoyed as anyone else when I get caught behind some dolt who's going 40 on I-95 because he can't drive the speed limit and talk on his cell at the same time. But still more annoying is the continued penchant of faux progressives to increase their control over individual freedom. This, despite The Messiah's claim that his administration would "return to following the science." Except for inconvenient statistics, however. And if it conflicts with its radical goals ...

Posted by Hube at November 17, 2010 04:53 PM | TrackBack

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Great idea. I mean, it renders Amber Alerts useless, since you couldn't call someone to report a sighted vehicle. Or a car crash where you were pinned in. Or anyone driving erratically. Or any emergency whatsoever. But great idea.

Wait, "great" isn't the word I want. What's that other word?

Posted by: Brud Lee at November 17, 2010 05:00 PM

I hate the fact that come Jan. I will have to pull over to side of road to answer/make a call! What's soda, coffee drinking while listening to talk radio, no eating a burger or fries...what the ell?

Posted by: cardinals fan at November 17, 2010 05:00 PM

Great idea. What does a woman driving alone late at night on a lonely road do when she's being followed by some maniac?

Posted by: Duffy at November 17, 2010 05:03 PM

Duffy -- lay back and pretend he's a TSA screener while he sexually assaults her.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at November 17, 2010 07:54 PM

Shortly after New York (City) passed its anti-talking on cellphone law, some dutiful citizen pulled onto the shoulder to make an important call. His vehicle was hit by a truck (I think) and he was killed.

Posted by: soccer dad at November 19, 2010 09:44 AM

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