DOT Plans to Ban Cell Phone Use In Automobiles
Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation proposes costly cell-phone blocking equipment for all motor vehicles.
“I think it will be done. “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 we’re going to save lives.”
True, many drivers carelessly talk and text while driving – particularly annoying when someone else dallies at traffic signals or ignores the situation around them, all the while the familiar posture: one hand over an ear, head slightly tilted.
Obama’s boy, Ray, says it’s all about saving more lives.
What Are the Facts?
- Traffic fatalities “have fallen to their lowest level since the government first started tracking data on traffic fatalities in 1954” [ ABC News – 11 March 2010 ]
- “Statistics show that 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes resulted from some kind of distraction experienced when drivers were either eating, or drinking, reading, listening to music, or talking/texting on their cell phones.” [ ABC News – 11 March 2010 ]
- “The record-breaking decline in traffic fatalities occurred even while estimated vehicle miles traveled in 2009 increased by 0.2 percent over 2008 levels.” [ NHTSA 9 September 2010 ]
Some Kinds of Distractions
- Cell phones
- Drinking (non-alcoholic beverages)
- Talking with companions
- Listening to music – iPods, CD players, radio, etc.
- Applying eye shadow while rushing to work (usually just the ladies)
- Reading – newspaper, documents, maps, etc.
- Children fighting
- Pets underfoot
We live in an imperfect world. If, like me, your faith is in Jesus, you and I will one day be in a perfect world.
For now, let’s acknowledge this simple truth: we live in an imperfect world and imperfect it will continue to be.
Liberty vs. Tyranny
“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”
Ay Rand also wrote,
“Since the protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of a government, it is the only proper subject of legislation: all laws must be based on individual rights and aimed at their protection.”
Which individual rights does Ray LaHood intend to protect by disabling the use of cell phones in automobiles that are in motion?
If Ray can prevent you from using your cell phone, he can punish you for combing your hair, listening to your iPod, or dealing with squabbling children while your car is in motion.
Okay with tyranny? If yes, there awaits nothing for you to do. If no, contact Mr. Ray LaHood at the Department of Transportation to tell him you do not want government control of your cell phones while in your automobile.
Click on this link to contact the D.O.T. via email: http://ntl.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ntl.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php
Word to the wise: when you use a U.S. government website, follow the rules, read instructions carefully and NEVER make threats or lay down ultimatums. Just simply state the facts.
You should also contact your Congressional delegation, consisting of two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Member of the House of Representatives.
Contact your U.S. Senators. Don’t know them? Use this handy link to find them and send email: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Contact your U.S. Representative. Don’t know him/her? Use this handy link to find him/her and send email – enter your ZIP + 4 in the upper left-hand corner: http://www.house.gov/
- I wholly oppose any restrictions to use of cell phones in operating automobiles.
- My customers need immediate response to business crises.
- The school needs to be able to contact me when my child is ill.
- I depend on my cell phone to learn of unexpected changes in my itinerary.
- American Air Lines notifies me of gate changes and arrival and departure times by calling my cell phone.
- While cell phones can be distracting, many other things distract drivers.
- Like it or not, cell phones are vital to managing everyday life in America.
- We already have traffic laws prohibiting careless driving.
1. Use a hands-free device of OnStar service (I do).
2. Delay use of cell phone until away from dangerous situations like turns, intersections, bumper-to-bumper traffic, freeway entrances and exits, etc.
3. If using a hand-held phone, turn on the speaker and hold away from you in front of your face.
4. Continually look about for traffic.
5. NEVER send text messages while driving.
6. Don’t justify your carelessness, just because you saw a police officer using a cell phone while driving.