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September 9, 2008

Nanny Nazi Demands Cars That Can't Exceed the Speed Limit

In an ideal world, everyone would behave correctly, because everything would be designed to make it impossible to violate regulations. For example, healthcare bureaucrat Kent Sepkowitz demands in the New York Times that cars be made that cannot exceed the speed limit.

Driving too fast is dangerous, and wastes gasoline. Therefore the State must require that no cars can go too fast. Sepkowitz also has this clever idea to help the State regulate your driving:

Imagine, for a moment, if E-ZPass kept track of exactly when each car entered one toll booth and exited another, which would allow local governments to do some basic math, dividing distance traveled by time spent. If this calculation showed you to be a speeder, the authorities would send you a traffic ticket.

Or if it took you too long to get home from work, investigators could be sent to find out what you've been up to. This will help prevent drivers from detouring into dodgy neighborhoods to buy black market eggs and butter, after these have been banned along with fast cars to help protect us from ourselves.

Readers will be unsurprised to learn that Sepkowitz is an Obama donor.

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Another form of freedom moonbats want to take away.

On a tip from Lt Nixon.

Update:

Lefty bloggers Matthew Yglesias, Ryan Avent, and Ezra Klein all agree that hobbling cars is a great idea.

Next the principle might be applied to people. We could cut hamstrings to prevent them from being able to run from the police. Lobotomies could avoid the problem of anyone objecting to our steady strangulation by ever increasing government control.

On a tip from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at September 9, 2008 7:09 AM

Comments

Whats next? Cars with a slot in the dashboard that spit out a speeding ticket if you go too fast?

Dont laugh, that is actually very doable. All you need is the device in the car and transmitter on each speed limit sign to let the computer know what the speed limit is. Takes cops out of the picture entirely.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 9, 2008 7:18 AM

They could just have a buzzer to notify you of the violation and automatically deduct the fine from your checking account, take the court out of it as well.

Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at September 9, 2008 7:42 AM

These numbskulls should read the sci fi classic 'With Folded hands' everything that happens has been predicted over 50 years ago

Posted by: wizdum at September 9, 2008 7:49 AM

I wouldnt want my hands folded - I imagine that would hurt like a mother.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 9, 2008 8:00 AM

The same bunch of liberal noodlenogins when wine about us driving SUVs are the ones who ride in their gas guzzling 4 mpg limos

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at September 9, 2008 8:05 AM

Why don't they all just set up their own little country? They should have their cake and eat it too. All their social engineering can be tried in safe seclusion.

They have enough money to buy some small African country and turn it into Lib Utopia. Of course they would have their first war just trying to decide what to name the place.

Posted by: Air2air at September 9, 2008 8:23 AM

They forgot to mention the important part: politicians and diplomats, almost all of whom enjoy immunity from speeding laws, will have to get special exceptions. The hobbled cars will have to have a special setting, reserved for politicians and import ex-politicians trying to save the environment, like Al Gore, that allow them to turn of the governor and go as fast as they damn well please.

Expect this sort of thing to start showing up in the real world first in rental cars and other commercial vehicles, in order to get us "adjusted" to the idea.

Posted by: HealthyGirl at September 9, 2008 8:33 AM

Why don't they all just set up their own little country?

They do. It's called Canada. Also Britain. They also have the states of Massachusetts, Vermont, and California.

Posted by: V the K at September 9, 2008 8:39 AM

Just think of all the revenue local municipalities would lose if no one were speeding and they couldn't issue tickets...they would have to fill the hole with new taxes!

Posted by: CharlieDontSurf at September 9, 2008 9:16 AM

Old idea.

Don't know if they still do, but U-Haul trucks used to have a governer on the carb that wouldn't let you exceed about 55 mph. (That was back in the 70's when 55 was the limit).

Posted by: Jimbo at September 9, 2008 9:51 AM

The above article is why this election is so important. McCain isn't a perfect politician, but we have a fighting chance with him I think.

Once government can monitor your movements that closely, the game is up. Where were you? Why? What for? With whom? When did you arrive and leave? (By the way, you can bet your ass they won't compensate you if you took too long due to GRIDLOCK. Nope...on your own then!)

Seriously, this is the absolute end of personal freedom. We now have the means with satellite and computer technology, to monitor just about everything. We must say "no" or we soon won't be able to say anything at all.

Posted by: matt at September 9, 2008 10:55 AM

Many trucking companies have governors on their trucks, and the real Nazis used to govern theirs at something like 35 to save fuel.

Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at September 9, 2008 11:06 AM

John Spartan, you are fined five credits for repeated violations of the verbal morality statute.

liberal future.

idiots in congress attempted this back in the 1980s the regulation was no cars speedometer could exceed 85 mph, the thought was that if people saw 85 on the dial they would assume the car could not go faster, and therefore wouldn't.

Posted by: furballz at September 9, 2008 11:09 AM

also the speed limit in the 1970s and before exceeded 85 mph in some places , it was only during the gas embargo that the 55 mph national limit was adopted, then proved to be the big failure it was, and was dropped in the 1990s finally.

some old roads in the south west still had there 85day 65night signs. many states now have 75mph limits.

Posted by: furballz at September 9, 2008 11:12 AM

The above suggestion, using toll roads(also true of weigh stations) to track speed and individual vehicles, is already being done with semi traffic, to some degree. There are computer programs available to individual police car computers that are able to scan, through that cars' camera, ALL vehicle license plates instantaneously, and flag any plate viewed under desired criterion, as well as drivers' facial profiles.

Every denomination of legal tender above $10 has a metallic strip inside of it that allows it to be scanned at a distance by electronics also small enough to be carried in a police car. CC TV has computer programs available that can profile each individual face(which every person must present on a driver's license)like a fingerprint, and can do so as you pass through the daily traffic.

Pictures can be taken from space sharp enough to distinguish fingers on an individuals' hands, and detect body heat under four feet of concrete. Magnetic Pulse rays now exist that will shut down any machinery or electronic device that utilizes electricity, including the human body.

Every single person who pays taxes, drives, collects social security, veterans benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, a mortgage, etc., is cross-referenced in nation-wide data banks many times over, and photographed many times a day in many cities, even by Google Earth(Evil!)anywhere.
A person's identity may be caught and manipulated by any gov't insider at the push of a button, or intercepted and manipulated by any of thousands of hackers, foreign and domestic, as was just done in Georgia(the country, by Russia)recently.

Big Bro' owns you, and is tightening his grip daily, and will soon require all medical info on every person to be submitted to Google, and other engines, to be "safely stored" on liberal- controlled, gov't information storage systems.

Posted by: J David at September 9, 2008 11:25 AM

How about that stupid TV ad where that jerk riding his stupid bicycle and doing some dumb monotonous song and his two wheel drive WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THIS IDIOT GET HIS FRONT WHEEL CUAGHT IN A SEWER GRATING AND FALL FACE FIRST INTO FRESH HORSE POO

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at September 9, 2008 11:37 AM

Yeah, well I demand that all those slowpokes doing 55 in the left lane get the hell out of the way. I also demand that my government stop wasting my money and stay out of my private life. But I never get what I want, either.

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at September 9, 2008 12:01 PM

I wish all the "blue" states would secede and form their own little socialist utopia with Osama...er..Obama as their leader. If they want to get me out of my big V8 Mercury they will have to pry the steering wheel off my cold dead fingers.

Posted by: Robert at September 9, 2008 3:48 PM

"These numbskulls should read the sci fi classic 'With Folded hands' everything that happens has been predicted over 50 years ago"

You might also try "Harrison Bergeron."

Posted by: Ricardian at September 9, 2008 4:25 PM

I did not read every post above, but if someone already covered this, my apologies.

DC Beltway; a couple of years ago they started to track cell phones to guage traffic flow. They claim they are only monitoring traffic flow...

Several high profile search and rescue news events; cell phones used to triangulate the last point the phone was....

The UK already has all of this technology in place, to include sending tickets in some locations.

Rental Car companies in the US already use chips in cars to collect data to use against the drivers if the car is involved in a collision.

Insurance Agencies in the US are now promoting a 'pay as you drive' based policy where they will actually track the number of miles you drive.

The first thing the traffic investigator is starting to ask for is the car's 'brain' data, any GPS unit on you or in the car and your cell phone number. So, maybe they will be writing traffic tickets off of the same data soon?

The technology is already in place in every new model car and your cell phone signals, as well as other habits like track pass and active GPS (especially for truckers)to enact electronic tracking of your daily life.

Posted by: Oiao at September 9, 2008 5:08 PM

Imagine, for a moment, if E-ZPass kept track of exactly when each car entered one toll booth and exited another, which would allow local governments to do some basic math, dividing distance traveled by time spent. If this calculation showed you to be a speeder, the authorities would send you a traffic ticket.

Posted by: joe at September 9, 2008 11:47 PM

Imagine, for a moment, if E-ZPass kept track of exactly when each car entered one toll booth and exited another, which would allow local governments to do some basic math, dividing distance traveled by time spent. If this calculation showed you to be a speeder, the authorities would send you a traffic ticket.

Sorry for the above , hit a wrong button, but if I am not mistaken the New Jersey Turnpike does this when you take a ticket at the beginning of your trip.

Posted by: joe at September 9, 2008 11:50 PM

In Ontario Canada, where I live, liberals brought in photo radar on major highways. You'd speed and you'd get a ticket in the mail a few days later. The liberals lost the next election to the Conservatives on that issue alone. You don't screw with a boy[or girl] and his toys.

Posted by: Rick A at September 10, 2008 8:34 AM