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New DOT Guidelines Prohibit Most In-Vehicle Communications
Pay Attention to the Road, Numbskull
by Karl Bode 10:11AM Friday Feb 17 2012
As more and more auto-makers begin to incorporate broadband-tied services into vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed new guidelines that would ban the manual use (dialing, sending texts, entering GPS addresses) while a vehicle is in motion. "We recognize that vehicle manufacturers want to build vehicles that include the tools and conveniences expected by today’s American drivers," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland in a statement. "The guidelines we’re proposing would offer real-world guidance to automakers to help them develop electronic devices that provide features consumers want—without disrupting a driver’s attention or sacrificing safety."

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Re: Stupid laws strike once again....

I absolutely support that bimbo's right to text for the fact that there does not need to be a law stating that. If it's not texting, it's going to be something else. There are far too many laws on the books as it is and the laws don't change anything.. as a matter of fact the laws only make things worse.

When it was "legal" to text while driving (basically not ILLEGAL) people would largely hold their phones up in sight of the road.. now people keep doing it and bury their heads in their laps. WORSE!

You can have a LAW "banning" something (remember, government in our country does NOT "grant" us rights.. they can restrict, to a degree) but it will NOT save your family when someone breaks the law.

All these laws do is raise income levels for the bureaucracy that has to be created to handle said laws. It does help raise awareness of a matter but doesn't change behavior. Smart people will not text and drive... dumb people will continue to do so and hide it.

Red light cams anyone?? Not only area many states ruling them unconstitutional, for many reasons, many studies have come out showing they've done NOTHING to curb accidents from running red lights.. but they have shown that the government gets richer is all.

Anytime you get on the road you risk the fact that you may not reach your destination for any number of reasons. For that, you can't protect everyone from everything. THE MARKET PLACE is where this would be corrected by the market INNOVATING and finding new ways to allow for certain activities to occur in a safer way than we have now. It not only makes things safer for us all, but it also helps move along the economy as well.

ANYTIME a congresscritter enacts a new law or rule all it does is creates more problems, confusion, and tears down society more. We're a land of freedoms, and every day we get a new law another freedom is taken away.. most don't get that though.

In case anyone hasn't noticed, society is breaking down as we speak, yet many people are in denial. It's largely due to the fact that people place too much responsibility in places or people that can't handle it, and corruption. In this case, this is another example where both come to play. The government is not the answer for everything.. including this. I'm still trying to figure out how the seat belt law has benefited society because a law protecting me isn't for the good of everyone and I certainly don't want the government telling me what to do.