Why Not Ban Car Radios While You're At It As Well?
from the can't-legislate-away-stupidity dept
There are huge problems with driver distraction laws that try to, one-by-one, ban each and every possible type of driver distraction. As we’ve pointed out, they’re really all trying to legislate away stupidity, and unfortunately that doesn’t work. There are always more distractions… and more stupidity. The latest is that an auto safety group is asking regulators to require the various telematics systems (like OnStar) that automakers put in cars to not work while the car is in drive. It’s not hard to see the problems with such a law. While dealer-installed systems are increasingly popular, there’s a huge aftermarket for these things, and the regulations being pushed don’t cover those. Even if they also regulate the aftermarket, it still seems likely that there will be a thriving blackmarket to make these things continue to work while you’re driving. Also, if you look at the text of the proposed regulation, it certainly sounds like it could easily be extended to things like the radio as well. There are always going to be things in the automobile that are distracting to drivers (including passengers). Trying to ban each and every one isn’t a solution. Focusing on better driver education and laws against bad driving make a lot more sense.