I Can’t Drive 55

speed enforcement“Uh, officer, why are you pulling me over?”

“You were doing 73 in a 60 mile-per-hour zone.”

“Sir, you don’t even have radar in your car. How can you possibly know how fast I was driving?”

“Your cell phone told me so. Your driver’s license and registration, please.”

Sound like a scene from a bad movie or a topic from the paranoid fringe? Think again. Bob Barr‘s latest column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution states:

In Georgia, the handwriting has been on the wall for a couple of years. But the technology is just now being implemented via a partnership between private industry and the government (using your money, of course).

If this partnership has its way, then shortly Georgia will join other states in massive use of this technology to track motorists’ speed, location and direction.

That’s right, the technology is capable of computing the speed of the cellphone in the vehicle, and thus the speed of the vehicle. “But wait a minute,” you might protest, “doesn’t that give the government the capability to determine if I am speeding, and then issue me a speeding ticket?” Yes, it does.

But don’t worry, the bureaucrats promise, the technology would never be employed for such a purpose. And they vow the information will be forever encrypted and unidentifiable — cross their hearts.

One wonders if Big Brother will likewise be tracking how fast their officers are traveling while en route to the closest donut shop.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. I love the picture. :) I’ve actually taken to turning my cell phone off at various parts of the day, but discovered to my dismay that it turns itself right back on. I have no idea how or why. The only way I can get around it is to remove the battery. Oh well, I guess I’d better get used to being tracked in real time 24/7, right?

  2. In Missouri, MODOT is planning on spending $3 million to implement this technology. If I ever end up getting a cell phone, I’ll be sure to keep it off while driving. They could just embed sensors in the pavement to track the flow of the highway or do what they’ve been doing with the towers that record the flow of traffic. Since they are already completely rebuilding the busiest part of I-64 (St. Louis’ main east-west corridor), they could put the sensors in the pavement and just use the towers everywhere else like they’ve been doing.

    The fact that they are overlooking simple solutions (which are already being put into place) makes me wonder what their real goal is for tracking people via cell phones.

    Source: http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/06/696.asp