Govt wants the technology to disable cell phones in cars?

Using a cell phone in a car could soon be impossible.
The Department of Transportation wants to disable cell phones inside cars.
Laws are unlikely to change behavior, contend some experts.

Not content with laws banning talking or texting while driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering adding technology to automobiles that would disable cell phones. The move is a response to the growing number of deaths and injuries related to distracted driving.

"I think the technology is there," said Raymond LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation. "And I think you’re going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones."

In addition to his comments on disabled cell phones, LaHood also announced a new video campaign, "Faces of Distracted Driving." The series of online videos tells the stories of several victims of distracted driving. The DoT plans to add a new video every few weeks.

During his talk last week LaHood said that nearly 5,500 people died from distracted driving last year, and that about half a million were injured. That’s a low estimate, according to Paul Atchley, a scientist at the University of Kansas who studies distracted driving.

LaHood’s figures only account for known deaths or injuries — suspected deaths or injuries aren’t included. The real numbers, said Atchley, are likely far higher, and will only get higher.

While there is no federal law against using a cell phone while driving a vehicle, dozens of states prohibit texting while driving in an effort to reduce the number of deaths or injuries. Several other states forbid drivers from using hand-held cell phones.

According to LaHood, laws aren’t enough. Instead he plans to fight technology with technology. Hardware, such as cell phone jammers, are illegal, and the FCC isn’t likely to approve any kind of jamming equipment. That leaves software from companies like Zoomsafter, tXtBlocker and iZup.

While the specifics differ, the general idea is the same. When a cell phone or a vehicle exceeds a certain speed, determined by the car and transmitted via Bluetooth or by the speed of the cell phone itself as measured by cell phone towers, the phone is automatically disabled.

That won’t work, said Atchley. Most of these services are voluntary. It is not difficult for users to either not activate them, or to work around them.

The real answer to the problem is a change in people’s attitudes. The research on drunk driving and distracted driving is quite similar, but the reactions of people to both are far different.

"When we ask young drivers about drunk driving, they say that judges should throw the book at drunk drivers, but not the person texting while driving," said Atchley.

"The bottom line is that people want to use these devices," said Atchley. "And things are going to get worse before they get better."

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Isn’t kids in the backseat crying and fighting also a distraction to a driver?

I remember when people were wanting to ban car stereos because they thought that too was the reason there were so many wrecks.

Is it ok to dropship a cell phone jammer and sell it online from a company based in China, but im from USA?

I want to sell the cell phone jammers online through ebay. However, I live in the U.S. and they are illegal. I will just put a disclaimer on the auction saying it is illeagl to possess in certain countries. The buyers information will be sent to a company in china and they will ship it to the customer. So i will have no possession of the item, it will just be dropshipped. Do you think this is legal in the U.S.? Thank you!
People are selling them on eBay already. And im not trying to ship into the u.s. Maybe just for countries where it is legal to posess one.

Is it illegal to live in the united states and sell cell phone jammers outside the usa???

– I live in the United States
– I sell cell phone jammers
– I never touch or see the item
– I do not offer it for sale in the united states
– I get the item shipped from my wholesaler in china to the person that has ordered it in another country not the USA.

I now the law –

USA: Illegal to operate, manufacture, import, or offer for sale, including advertising (Communications Act of 1934)[4], with fines of up to ,000 and imprisonment of up to one year.

I realize that it is illegal to offer for sale but I do not offer it for sale in the united states or on any united states websites.

Thank You I hope I can get an excellent answer
I believe operate means that you are operating the device.

Here is the scenario that i am in right now.

– A customer in italy wants a large quantity

Italy’s law on cell phone jammers =

Italy: Technically not illegal to own, but illegal to operate, since the Italian law specifically prohibits to disturb radio and telephone communications. GSM jammers are however legal to be used in places like hospitals, churches, movie theatres and other places with performances, and other buildings where and when the use of mobile telephones may result in a leak of sensitive informations; in such occasions, jammers are legal as long as their operation doesn’t interferes with electronic medical equipments (such as pace-makers) and allows mobile phones to make Emergency calls. Tri-Band Jammers are reserved to, and in use with, the Police forces and are being experimented in prisons.

Both laws where taken off