I don't think so, because violations of the 55 mph limit were a revenue
source. The more it was violated (as long as the citations were written, to
collect the fines and satisfy the feds enforcement was taking place) the
more the states profited and the greater the incentive to continue the
program. Political pressure to repeal the limit threatened the future of too
many politicians, apart from whether the law was actually obeyed.
By using the term 'blindly obedient drones'. Are you referring to the
drivers that prefer to keep their money in their pockets (instead of funding
the annual policeman's ball) and continue to drive where they want and need
to go every day of the year?
Disobedience and disapproval are not synonymous; I disagree with our tax
structure but I pay my taxes. I was a "blindly obedient drone" because I
didn't speed, and nobody asked me my opinion. But you can bet the speeders
who were ticketed only "fed the beast" by making it economically attractive
to retain the limit.
You suggest by the term "all" that the majority obeyed the limit, but that
undercuts your premise. Effective political pressure requires a clear
majority (otherwise re-election would not be an issue), so if obedience were
the measure rather than public opinion we would still be driving 55.
I have no problems with it for commercial drivers. You are doing a job and
these are essentially business records which reduce the liability of the
business. However, for personal transportation use, I believe that this
type of monitoring (or more importantly in the long run how the data is
used) is unreasonable. Yes, I drive an older car from before OBD3 which, if
I remember correctly, was the first to have the flight data recorder
functionality and I'll also keep my car running for as long as possible.
Guys - I started this dialog to see if anyone was aware of any website that
would tell you if the car had a black box. I don't want a box in my car and
I don't care to debate it here and justify. Same reason I don't want the
grocery store keeping a log of what I buy or the cable company what I watch.
Why do we need all this info unless we were being paid for it. Do your own
searches, black box have caused a lot of heart burn for people in wrecks.
So if anyone has any more info please post it ;-)
the only way is to go for an old car with obdc0 or carburetion. most
everything else keeps a record of anywhere between the last few seconds
to some minutes of data.
go to a nerd site like slashdot.org and search for some [informative]
techy threads on this.
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