Feds looking to control the speed of trucks and buses with remote devices

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Seems totally “Constitutional” and stuff.

From Yahoo!:

Trucks and buses in the United States may have to be equipped with devices to limit their speed under a proposed rule issued on Friday by the U.S. Transportation Department which said the move could save both lives and fuel.

The department will weigh setting speed limits at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour for heavy commercial vehicles, but said it will consider other speeds based on comments from the public.

Speed limits on interstate highways vary across the United States, with some states allowing vehicles to drive as fast as 85 mph (137 km per hour), though many states have lower maximum speeds for trucks.

“There are significant safety benefits to this proposed rulemaking,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

“In addition to saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make this proposal a win for safety, energy conservation, and our environment.”

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Just think, if this had been in place in 1977, we would never have had Smokey and the Bandit. That’s the real travesty here.

All kidding aside, apart from the fact that it’s wildly unconstitutional, the problems with this should be obvious to every red-blooded American. Do we want a group of unelected bureaucrats controlling the speed of trucks and buses? What happens when this power is abused (and it will be)? What happens when they decide to put one of these devices in your car (and they will)?

Government simply wants control. That’s all this is. This isn’t about safety and it’s certainly not about the environment. This, like virtually everything else the government does, is about control. I don’t expect it to pass any time soon. But it’s amazing to me that we have elected officials authoritarians willing to even consider it a viable option. It’s a sad day.