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Ford Backs Text-Messaging in Cars Ban

Posted in auto industry, Ford, Newsworthy, Politics, Safety by Alex Kierstein | September 11th, 2009 | 1 Response |


Ford is out in the lead on one of the newest and highest profile auto safety issues, banning text-messaging in cars. Ford thinks you should keep your thumbs on the wheel and your eyes on the road, and to back that up, the automaker is throwing its political capital behind Sen. Charles Schumer’s legislation, which would cut federal funding for roads by 25% if states do not comply with the ban. That’s pretty much the same tactic used to ensure states comply with any number of traffic safety laws that the federal government wants to encourage, and it’s damn effective as states are nearly always strapped for cash. What about Ford’s own Sync system?

It turns out it won’t be affected, as it has enough hands-free capabilities (including the ability to read text messages aloud to the driver) that it won’t be affected by the law. Other major automakers have yet to take a stand on this issue, but it seems like the wind is blowing and they’ll be quick to spot the direction and follow along.


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  1. Ford missed the point and created inaccessible accommodation says:

    Both sets of circumstances (Text Ban while driving and a possible text ban while walking) already are in direct violation to several existing federal laws. These state bans passed as laws are already rendered illegal due to not being in direct compliance to federal laws since voice communication via “Hands-Free” is allowed. This creates an inaccessible accommodations violation of federal laws for the 52 million people with disabilities that use text communication.

    Such a ban on texting cannot be implemented without a total ban on voice communication because people with disabilities who use texting as an accessible accommodation in both personal and professional communication due to laws such as the ADA, Telecommunications Act of 1996, Telephone Act of 1934, etc.

    Those who cannot use voice due to disability use text messaging, instant messaging, and emailing as their alternative accommodation.

    Such bans were done in past history such as the Milan Conference of 1880 where they banned sign language and triggered the Eugenics War against Deaf and Hard of Hearing people were done. During the war, the hearing population purposefully separated Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals from marrying each other in attempt to extinguish the disability. This is no different than Hitler who had six million Jews killed during World War II.

    A national Class Action lawsuit against the US Government is in consideration due to current bans in 19 states (so far) that directly violate federal law. This is to attempt to prevent a second Eugenics War in our country.

    If Ford also thinks about it: How will “reading text aloud” even help Deaf and Hard of Hearing Drivers?

    Source: http://deafness.about.com/cs/featurearticles/a/milan1880.htm