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It’s time cellphone signal jammers were installed in people’s steering wheels: opinion

It’s time cellphone signal jammers were installed in people’s steering wheels: opinion
08 Nov
10:34

A couple of years ago, a Florida man was fined US$48,000 (RM199,728) by the Federal Communications Commission for employing an illegal signal jammer during his commutes to prevent nearby drivers from using their cellphones. 

I can relate. I bet you can too. 

It’s illegal to have a cellphone in your hand while behind the wheel in California and at least a dozen other states. But that doesn’t stop people from doing it. 

Not a day goes by without encountering thoughtless, self-entitled fools endangering themselves and those around them by talking or texting while on the road. 

That’s why I’m calling on the auto industry to install signal-jamming technology in steering wheels so drivers (but not passengers) are unable to give in to the temptation of playing with their gadgets while piloting 2,000 pounds of steel at speeds topping 60 miles an hour. 

Admittedly, the matter is complicated. 

“If it’s an option for parents to get their kids off on the right footing and develop safe driving habits, that could be a real safety benefit,” said Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto