Obama's RINO transportation secretary, Ray LaHood said this.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban.
LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and General Motors Co.’s OnStar.
“I don’t want people talking on phones, having them up to their ear or texting while they’re driving,” LaHood said in an interview this week. “We need a lot better research on other distractions,” including Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calls and the in-car systems, he said.
Even without a ban, which would have to be implemented by individual states, LaHood’s escalating campaign may limit the growth of vehicle features such as Sync, being added by automakers to attract younger buyers. His push also may reduce calls made from vehicles and the revenue of mobile-phone companies such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.
What I do behind the wheel is none of the fed's damn business. Period. I'm 500 miles away from DC. The feds refuse to control the borders properly, are micromanaging health care, trying to put the auto industry out of business with its newest CAFE push, and can't even balance the budget. They aren't intelligent enough, trustworthy enough, or good enough to have more power.
I'm not excusing distracted driving, but there are plenty of laws on that already on the state level where they belong, without bullying by the feds.
This isn't just a democrat thing either when it comes to roads. The GOP was just as guilty with Liddy Dole's micromanagement in the 80's. It was wrong then and it is wrong now. Roads are an issue that need to be on the state or local level. State's need to budget smartly where they don't need to take federal funds or the micromanagement that comes with it (on any issue), and then need to tell LaHood, Dole, Obama, and anyone else to go to hell. How do you deal with a bully like the feds? Punch them in the mouth. It needs to be done more often.
After that, the taxpayers need to demand the funds from that go back to taxpayers and not to dumb and dumber in DC.