3

Seriously, put down the phone while driving

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today he wants carmakers to come up with devices that would disable gadgets in the car.

This final note today from the Marketplace Desk of -- wait, can't they put two and two together themselves?

You know how a lot -- most -- states have laws against texting while you're driving? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today he wants carmakers to come up with devices that would disable access to Facebook and Twitter while people are driving.

Put.

Down.

The phone, people.

Both hands on the wheel.

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
Log in to post3 Comments

A bad law plus a bad behaviour does not equal a good outcome. My daughter was hit head on by a drunk and nearly killed. Do I want a breathalyzer lock out on every ignition switch in the USA? No, of course not. You cannot legislate away stupidity. Preach the perils of texting and driving, a drive defensively. Ray, stay out of my car, thank you.

A bad law plus a bad behaviour does not equal a good result. My daughter was hit head on by a drunk, and nearly killed. Does that mean I want a breathalyzer lock out on every ignition in the USA? No. You cannot legislate good behaviour. You can't fix stupid. Like drunk driving, teach people the perils of texting and driving, and practice defensive driving. Ray, please, stay out of my car.

Amen brother.
A guy almost got me head on in his pick up truck the other day because he was - guess what? - checking out his phone.
It was a close one.
Going out for some milk and bread shouldn't be life threatening...

With Generous Support From...