Government Bureaucrats Could Use ‘Kill Switch’ to Stop People From Driving Because… Reasons

A provision in the 2021 “infrastructure” spending package, as it turns out, includes a provision that directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to come up with a way to stop you from driving your car or truck if the government doesn’t want you to. The measure is sold as a way to keep people from driving while impaired, but the implications are chilling.

Because, you know, we should all feel so much better when the legacy media and the Democratic Party – but I repeat myself – “reassure” us that this won’t be any big deal.

Here’s the onion:

Note the weasel-wording there: “won’t necessarily be limited to preventing drunk driving.”

See Related: Thomas Massie Roasts Lawmakers Who Voted in Favor of Mandating a ‘Kill-Switch’ in Every Vehicle 

Authorities Having the Ability to Control Your Car Is the Ability to Control Your Life

Think about this for a moment. This technology has the threat of doing much more than the proponents are advertising. There are a  few layers to peel off here:

  • Once the foot is in the door to use this to prevent drunk driving, it’s open to prevent night-time driving, driving in peak traffic times, or any other reason or time that some unelected bureaucrat might want to disallow. This is a slippery slope we shouldn’t want to be perched upon.
  • While it’s unclear how much this technology will cost, it’s sure that it won’t be cheap – and it will be added to the cost of every new vehicle.
  • How accurate would this tech be, and how many resources would it take to monitor? At present, Americans take about 1.1 billion automobile trips per dayThat comes out to about 11 billion miles per day traveled, 411 billion daily trips, and 4 trillion miles per year. How will any tech like this handle that kind of volume?

This is, like so many similar examples of government overreach, a colossal waste of time and money, and an unforgivable intrusion on the privacy of every American.

At some point in the next year, I’m planning on buying a Ford Super-Duty pickup, for boat-towing and camper-hauling duties in summer and plowing in winter. A diesel pickup, properly maintained, should last half a million miles, which means that this truck will easily last my lifetime; I’m 62 and foresee maybe 25 more years (more if I’m lucky) of active driving, boating, camping, and the like. I reckon it will be the last truck I ever buy. An old buddy of mine is already calling it, jokingly, my “death truck.” But I sure as hell won’t be buying any vehicle with any of this kind of tech in it.

It’s not about impaired driving, and it’s not about highway safety. It’s about control. It’s always about control.

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