recently went on record saying that he is looking into technology that causes cell phones to become unusable in a car. Its sort of a scrambling device that stops phones from getting service while it is physically in the car. Good. Cell phones in cars are nothing but trouble. Trust me, I've been in a car with someone firing off 70 texts per minute, while weaving in and out of the lines. I disagreed with the new Michigan texting law, only because it didn't go far enough, and created too much grey area. This technology would make the situation pretty black and white. I am against the government creeping into my life and regulating things, but this is more than a personal issue. When I get into a car, and Tina the sorority sister is all over the road because of her Droid2, then it puts my life in danger. If car accidents only affected the driver, then I wouldn't care. But one idiot on their phone puts up to hundreds of people at risk.
The fact that we need to use a phone while driving really shows the state of our society. We can't go a minute without meaningless communication. I like driving because I can relax for a little bit. The last thing I want to do is multi-task driving, messaging and talking. Have our lives become so busy that we can't wait until we arrive at our destination before we talk to someone? Come on. Even though I rolled my eyes when my driver's training instructor (who was recently acquitted of his child porn charges) told us that a car is a loaded weapon, it's true. And nothing says irresponsibility like distracting yourself while handling a weapon. It is selfish to place your conversation above the safety of those around you.
Good for Ray LaHood, I hope this actually comes to pass. Do we really need to be connected at all times? Or can we take a short break and put down the phone? It needs to be illegal to use a phone while driving. Since most people already ignore the texting law, these scramblers should be installed in all cars, making it literally impossible to use a phone while driving. America's roads are already dangerous places, as any moron can pass that joke of a driving test and get a license for life. Why make the situation worse and allow such a blatant distraction?
By Aaron Brandt, four year prisoner to an expensive Verizon Wireless contract.