Liberals Propose Adding ‘Speed Governors’ To Our Cars

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It’s become rather clear that liberal elites are obsessed with governing how ordinary people live their lives, and that has only increased during Joe Biden’s term. Whether it’s eating lobster, cooking on a gas stove, or even letting your kids have a glass of chocolate milk, or even enjoying New York style pizza, it seems that Democrats cannot help themselves from regulating “danger” out of the smallest joys in life. 

Now they’re coming for how fast you drive your car. 

A left wing senator from California announced a bill that would mandate all new cars or trucks made or sold in the state to have special “speed governors” installed in them by 2027. The device would make it impossible for vehicles to travel ten miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

“I don’t think it’s at all an overreach, and I don’t think most people would view it as an overreach, we have speed limits, I think most people support speed limits because people know that speed kills,” Wiener told local news.

While you may think that it’s just a wacky liberal state representative pushing something radical, it’s not. A similar idea was pushed by the National Transportation Safety Board last November, the week before Thanksgiving. 

In an under-reported statement, Biden’s NTSB recommended that the federal government limit how fast someone can drive their car:

The National Transportation Safety Board investigation into a multivehicle collision in North Las Vegas, Nevada, last year that resulted in nine fatalities has led the board to recommend a requirement for intelligent speed assistance technology in all new cars. The board issued the recommendations Tuesday at a public board meeting after determining the crash was caused by excessive speed, drug-impaired driving and Nevada’s failure to deter the driver’s speeding recidivism due to systemic deficiencies, despite numerous speeding citations.

Intelligent speed assistance technology, or ISA, uses a car’s GPS location compared with a database of posted speed limits and its onboard cameras to help ensure safe and legal speeds. Passive ISA systems warn a driver when the vehicle exceeds the speed limit through visual, sound, or haptic alerts, and the driver is responsible for slowing the car. Active systems include mechanisms that make it more difficult, but not impossible, to increase the speed of a vehicle above the posted speed limit and those that electronically limit the speed of the vehicle to fully prevent drivers from exceeding the speed limit. 

“This crash is the latest in a long line of tragedies we’ve investigated where speeding and impairment led to catastrophe, but it doesn’t have to be this way,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy. “We know the key to saving lives is redundancy, which can protect all of us from human error that occurs on our roads. What we lack is the collective will to act on NTSB safety recommendations.” 

Eliminating speeding through the implementation of a comprehensive strategy is a priority for the NTSB. In 2021, speeding-related crashes resulted in 12,330 fatalities—about one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States. In addition to ISA, the NTSB has previously called on regulators to revise regulations around speed limit guidance and increase the use of speed safety cameras. NTSB has also highlighted​ the need to improve data, laws, and enforcement to address drug-impaired driving.

Speeding only accounts for a third of auto accidents in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped Jennifer Homendy, chair of NTSB, from telling Fast Company, “If we’re serious about addressing 43,000 fatalities on our roads last year, 11,000 [of them] due to speeding, then we have to be serious about the solutions.

Homendy was appointed by Donald Trump to the NTSB in 2018 and made chairman by Joe Biden in 2021. 

Asked for comment about NTSB’s new recommendations, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade association for the car industry, said in a statement: “While vehicle technology can play a role, we’ve advocated for a continued emphasis on transportation policies that focus on driver education and awareness, strong laws and law enforcement, and infrastructure investment.”

The California proposal comes after the state mandated that all new cars and light trucks sold must be zero-emission by 2035.

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