Beep! You’re “Speeding”!

  • May 27, 2024

The quest to make driving as annoying as possible – by having the car badger the driver about his driving as often and annoyingly as possible – is part of the quest to make people want to stop driving.

California – of course – leads the way.

As in, literally.

Because whatever California’s legislative (and regulatory) colon pushes out of its reticulated sphincter ends up steaming in all of our laps, at least when it comes to things automotive. Because a working majority of the rest of the states will Me Too whatever California does and because the auto industry takes direction from California. If California says the industry must do this to cars – or may not sell cars without that in California – the industry snaps to attention and says By Your Command.

The country is thus ruled by California – which is to say, by the Leftists who control the major cities in California, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, which effectively control the state because they control the state’s law-making and regulatory apparatus.

The state’s legislature has just pushed another edict through its colon – SB 961 – sponsored, appropriately enough, by a radical homosexual. It requires that by 2032 all new vehicles sold in the state be equipped with what is styled “passive” speed limit “technology.” What this means is an active speed limit nanny that pesters you in the same way that the seat belt nanny does. Whenever the car is driven more than 10 MPH faster than whatever the speed limit sign says is allowable, a buzzer or beep will sound to nag you to obey the sign.

For “safety,” of course.

It is always for “safety.” Eventually, things will arrive at their logical conclusion and driving will be disallowed, period.

For “safety.”

In the meanwhile, they’ll make driving as annoying as possible, which some of the Leftists endorsing this business are giddy about. “(W)hile there will be nothing physically stopping someone from driving more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit, adding beeps and flashing warnings will at least make doing so much more annoying,” says one. 

Of course, he does not say this annoyance will – inevitably – be more than just an annoyance.

The Left excels at one-thing-at-a-time, the process of imposing Leftism gradually, leading to all-at-once. By getting the principle of a thing established so that the precedent can be set and then expanded. The classic, textbook example of this being the federal income tax. The Left did not try to impose the tax all at once and on everyone at first because the Left understood that would not sell and – worse (for the Left) it might alarm everyone. So – instead – the Left sold the income tax as a tax that would affect only the very rich. No one else would have to pay it, the Left assured.

Of course, in short order, everyone was paying it – because once the principle of income taxation had been established in law and once the precedent of taxing some people was established in fact, it was just a matter of incrementalism to impose income taxes on everyone who earned income.

And so here we are.

And soon, where we’ll be is driving cars that don’t just annoy you whenever you “speed” – as driving any faster than some arbitrary limit is derisively styled (much the same as questioning whether the “climate” is “changing” on account of a 0.015 percent increase in the 0.04 percent share of the earth’s atmosphere is styled “denial”).

They will not allow you to “speed.”

This is implicit in the legislation requiring that new cars annoy drivers who “speed.” If that is necessary – for “safety” – then logically, it is already conceded that “speeding” is something drivers ought not to do. Ergo – logically – they must not be allowed to do it.

See how that works?

The tragedy is that lots of people don’t – which is how we transitioned from a country that you could once refer to as a free country without being looked at funny to a country in which saying that is no longer very funny.

So, what will happen – once it becomes law that every new car must pester its driver every time its driver “speeds” – is that the another law will be passed requiring that cars prevent drivers from “speeding.” This will follow for the same reason that it followed when people accepted walking around with “masks” over their faces that they accept mRNA drugs being shot in to their bodies. Because if “masks” were needed then so were the drugs – and how could you oppose the drugs if you’d already accepted the “mask”? 

It just took a little time to get from there to here.

And – just so you – know – we are already there. Pretty much every new car made right now – in 2024 – has a system that “alerts” the driver if he drives faster than whatever the speed limit is. In other words, the car knows you’re “speeding.” All it would take is an update to transition from an “alert” to a no-you-don’t. Because these cars all have electronically controlled throttles and those are controlled by computers and those computers are now connected to external control. It is just a matter of exerting it.

And getting people who’ve already accepted it used to it.

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