Monday, February 20, 2012

Gangster Government: Part 83

Now let’s look at what just happened there. The head of an agency that regulates the auto industry makes it clear that he could have, on a whim perhaps, made some “guidelines” obligatory. Then in the context of inferring his regulatory power, he states how he’d prefer that his regulatory subjects advertise their wares. Something that Michael Barone once said about “gangster government” resonates here. Nice little car company you have there. We wouldn’t want anything to happen to it would we? Oh, and be sure and tell your customers what a good job we’re doing keeping them safe.

While the “voluntary” guidelines issued this week are directed at manufacturers, it’s obvious that NHTSA/DOT has greater plans for their involvement in your driving. The current guidelines are only the first phase of the process.
And a suggestion:
A modern cop car is filled with all sorts of distracting electronic equipment including interactive computer screens. I’m fine with Ray LaHood disabling my nav system as long as he disables Johnny Law’s LEIN screen, at least when he’s behind the wheel. If it’s dangerous for regular folks to use cellphones, radios and computers behind the wheel, it’s just as dangerous for cops to do it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I feel the same way about seat belts and speed limits. I've seen a number of instances where a police officer will exceed the posted speed limit, even in town, without lights and siren. More often than not, there's no emergency. Also, I've seen police officers driving without seat belts - I've questioned a couple, and been told that the belts snag on badges, mike cords and other accoutrements.
My position is, if it's necessary to exceed the speed limit, they should be using lights and siren. And if extra stuff gets in the way of safety, the extra stuff needs to go. With all due respect, these guys are sworn, not anointed.