Transportation Secretary Doesn’t Know What Distracted Driving Is

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Ray LaHood, the US Secretary of Transportation, is on a personal crusade to rid the country of distracted driving. It would be important for him to know what distracted driving actually is, but a new interview with Washington DC's WTOP radio station shows he has no idea what he's doing.


LaHood declared,

I drive around on the weekends in Washington…What I've been doing is kind of honking at somebody if I see him on a cellphone.


LaHood says he is "taking personal responsibility," but laying on the horn at other drivers is just adding distraction to already distracted drivers. Not to mention, LaHood should be staring at the road and not other drivers. It appears we have a crazy person in charge of regulating how you drive. (Hat tip to Reason/Mike Riggs!)

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Look, what's happening here is a classic inferiority complex. We're living in a world with a still-active war in Afghanistan, lingering concerns over terrorism, a sluggish economy that just barely avoided total collapse, a massive debt crisis in Europe, and constant diplomatic flare-ups in the Middle East.

LaHood is feeling left out, since Janet Napolitano, Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner, Leon Panetta, Eric Holder, and Ben Bernanke are the ones with all the actually important and headline grabbing work to do right now, and nobody cares about the lowly Transportation Secretary when all those other issues are demanding attention.

So, in the absence of a real crises to pull the media's attention your way, simply invent one of your own. Hence, his distracted driving crusade. It may not be as sexy as Operation Geronimo or Quantitative Easing 2, but it will have to do.