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So. It’s a few years from now. You’re driving in your car (with a passenger); it’s night, and it’s snowing. You’re out in the middle of nowhere. One of your tires blows out: fortunately, you’re able to stop before you flip the car, but you’re still out in the middle of nowhere at night in the snow with a flat tire. But that’s why you have Triple A… so you get out of your car and move far enough away to get a signal on your cell phone, then spend roughly the next hour or so slowly freezing solid as you navigate the tow truck in.
Basically, what LaHood is advocating is that new cars be outfitted with jamming devices for cell phones, in order to keep people from using them while they’re in the car. Normally this would be the place where people write things like "This would be a good idea, in theory, but …" – except that, really, this isn’t a good idea in theory, either. What’s a good idea in theory is teaching people how to drive properly. Removing one specific way to get a small number of idiots killed at the expense of everybody else in the country is not what you would call cost effective.
But I digress. Let us contemplate what the technology of a cell phone jammer implies:
I’m sure that people will be happy to argue each point on technical grounds, but here’s the central theme: this is a nitwit idea . It is a nitwit idea because the entire reason to have a cell phone in the first place is so that you can communicate with the outside world in places where there is no accessible land line . People want to use their cell phones in cars, because having a cell phone in your car is handy in an emergency, during disasters, and/or when you’re simply trying to get directions into your destination. So people will try to get around the jamming signal. Preventing that will make the jamming signal more odious. So people will try harder. And it keeps going on, and on, and on.
Ray LaHood was a Republican legislator before he joined this administration; and, you know? I was wondering why the 111th Congress Republican House Caucus seemed collectively brighter than its predecessor. Now I know why.
Moe Lane (crosspost )