Oct 11

Nanny State on steroids – no cell phones while driving?

If you recall the RINO Ray LaHood floated the idea of taxing drivers by the mile about a year ago – this went nowhere. Now this King of Stupidity is pushing for an all at ban on drivers talking on cell phones in vehicles – including hands free and On Star.

LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban.

LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and General Motors Co.’s OnStar.

“I don’t want people talking on phones, having them up to their ear or texting while they’re driving,” LaHood said in an interview this week. “We need a lot better research on other distractions,” including Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calls and the in-car systems, he said.

Well you know what Ray I don’t want to live in a Nanny State with the government telling what and how to do everything at every step and seeing that I and every other American is your boss – I’m guess we’re right and you are wrong. Nor do I as a tax payer want people living on my dime, eating on my dime and sucking up valuable air that could be better used on producers, but I don’t get my way on that either.

I’ve been driving on the road since I was 12 years old (yes 12) – in the farm fields before that and I think I’m a better judge of what I can and can not do behind the wheel of a vehicle than Ray LaHood or the Nanny State government so get out of my truck I didn’t offer you a ride.

This administration and their minions are turning into insanity – if not already there! The less popular they get – the more outrageous rules and regulations they purpose as to stick it in your face. However, there is a signal at the end of the calling area…

The transportation secretary may have little chance of getting a ban by the states even if he decides one is justified, said Christopher King, a telecommunications analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Baltimore.

“It’s so ingrained at this point, I think banning that would be extremely difficult, bordering on folly,” King said in an interview. “There would be no legitimate, public support for an outright ban.”

This administration continue to fall and fail as more and more asinine proposals are made from banning sodas and salts to forcing the purchase of services from a private vendor (i.e healthcare). LaHood pushed for the ban of texting while driving and got the ban in several states then cited this as proof these bans save lives, but then there are those pesky facts…

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which has said LaHood is focusing too much attention on distracted driving instead of other safety pursuits, released a study last month concluding laws banning handheld texting don’t reduce crashes. The study, using data from four states before and after they enacted anti-texting laws, found the overall number of crashes increased in three of the states.

Using the governments logic one could conclude that texting while driving saves lives – that’s liberal logic isn’t it?

The increase may stem from drivers taking their eyes off the road even more as they try to hide their phones from view while texting, Adrian Lund, president of the industry-sponsored group, said in an Oct. 5 interview.

Thus substantiating my claim that you cannot legislate behavior – pass all the rules, regulations and laws you want! People are going to do what they want to do and the more you make something taboo the more attractive it becomes to many. Have they stopped underage drinking by raising the age limit? No.

The campaign against distracted driving and the use of mobile phones in the car will continue in stages, LaHood said.

“The bottom line for me is to get where we’re at with seat belts and with drunk driving,” LaHood said. “When those programs were started, people were very skeptical that you could get people to buckle up.”

But yet there is no seat belts on school buses for the children, public transportation and commercial buses that largely service the poor – so one could gather from that – that Mr. LaHood doesn’t care about the poor and children! It’s that how that games works? And drunk driving… I’m sorry is that a thing of the past, LaHood? I dug around looking for the year by year DWI arrest rate and I could not find it which tells e it hasn’t gone down much if any or they’d be cramming graphs and charts say ‘See, see told you!’ and they are not – so what’s that tell you?

Idiots all of them!

  • PRM

    My ex used to refer to situations such as this as pole vaulting over mouse turds. Before cell phones, I routinely used to see women doing their hair, putting on make up, men eating and reading all while driving at 55+ mph on the freeway. There have always been people who make stupid decisions about how to occupy themselves while driving. Banning cell phones isn’t going to change that. But, in the meantime, Ray “Nanny” LaHood has his raison d’etre.

    • http://www.angrywhiteguy.com/ AWG

      Thank the trail lawyers who have Obama in their pocket – ore laws on the road… more lawsuits on the courtroom and the trail lawyers win either way.

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