Is the Government Blocking Cell Phones in Cars?

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MSNBC reported that the Department of Transportation is considering software that, if you reach a certain speed in your car, would disable your cell phone from use. If this isn’t Big Brother, then I don’t know what is. As quickly as it comes out, it’ll be hacked and disabled, so what’s the point? Spend that money on educating the idiots who text and drive and kill people; don’t punish the masses!

Lamarr can’t even bring himself to pretend that this is a good thing. He had to give that up pretty damn fast, and I have to agree. Yes, there have been a few deaths and injuries related to talking (or texting) on the phone while driving. There have also been deaths attributed to women putting on makeup, men shaving their faces on the way to work, people looking to see if their screaming child is okay and someone changing the radio station. Are we going to allow the government to ban or disable all of those things, as well?

It’s more important in Lamarr’s mind – and mine – to try and educate people. Blocking them does nothing. As pointed out in the intro paragraph, this is going to be hacked to kingdom-come pretty damn fast. Why would the government waste a ludicrous amount of money on this software?

Everyone should not have to be punished for a few bad apples who weren’t careful. Yes, it is sad that they died. No, it shouldn’t have happened. But monitoring us to this level will do nothing to truly solve the problem.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Lamarr and myself, or do you feel that the government is getting something right this time?

  1. What if you’re a passenger in a car? Or not even in a car at all, say perhaps a train or bus? Are you supposed to give up your right to use a service and product you pay for every time you utilize transportation that isn’t walking? Seems to me that legislators should be spending more time working on Net Neutrality than wasting their time and our money on a deeply flawed idea like this.

  2. well, we have coffee cups; that NOW say “caution, contents HOT”, because SOME People were too hrm let’s say busy 2 put it in the car’s cup holder; & decided 2 straddle them ..:p

  3. Our Nanny state gov’t is going too far. I have a hands-free bluetooth device I use while driving, and NEVER text while driving. And now they want to disable my cell phone when I’m not even holding it???
    If it can be hacked, I’ll be one of the first ones to do it….