As I talked about in yesterday’s post, law does not always keep up with technology. I have an idea about how we might change that:
Create a bipartisan commission to evaluate the danger to public safety of new consumer technology
New consumer technology is released every day that changes the way we interact with our environment. Of particular concern are the devices we use while driving. Driving is an everyday activity where we interact with hundreds of other people, and a moment’s inattention can have disastrous results.
Wearable devices like Google Glass display information directly in front of the user’s eyes, which could be hazardous if worn while driving.
I’m proposing the formation of a bipartisan commission consisting of members of congress and industry professionals. This group will work with companies like Google, Apple and Samsung to take a closer look at devices that are near to market and to evaluate the risks associated with using these devices in everyday activities.
The above is a petition at We The People, the White House petition site where 100,000 signatures (in 30 days) gets you an official response from the Obama administration. Seeing as how the readership of [BTW] is about 350 I’m gonna need a little help from you, your friends, and your friends friends…
You can sign the petition here.
The first threshold we’re really shooting for is 150 signatures. After that the petition is publicly searchable. Currently this seems to be the only petition of this type on the site, so if we can get into the search we might stand a decent shot at finding people who feel the same way about these issues.
Thanks so much to all my readers, whether this is your issue or not. Next week we’ll return to tales of the writing life, and possibly a 40 minute story. Cheers and have a good weekend!