Ray LaHood Is A Dumbass
Mike Masnick blogs at Techdirt about Transportation Secretary LaHood's campaign to wipe out distracted driving. I know the perfect way -- drop one of those bombs that disappears all life on the planet but leaves the buildings. Naturally, LaHood thinks government meddling in what will and won't work on a car while it's moving is the answer. The guy apparently doesn't have the brainstuff to think that through any further. Masnick writes:
A couple of years ago, we wrote about his desire to figure out ways to disable mobile phones from working while the car is in motion. After there was a lot of controversy around that, LaHood tried to claim he never really said what he said. However, he's continued to repeat those kinds of claims again and again -- and with the new "guidelines" for automakers being published, we see, once again, his plan to push for technology to force other technologies not to work while a car is moving.
...No one denies that distracted driving can be incredibly dangerous and a serious problem. It's just that many of us question this as a solution. In fact, it seems likely to make the problem worse, not better. First of all, rules that require automakers to disable features while a car is moving completely ignore the fact that not everyone drives alone. Many people have passengers, and it can be quite useful to have a passenger make use of the technology to set the GPS, answer a phone call or whatever else needs to be done. Locking that up for passengers serves no purpose.