Black boxes for vehicles to be compulsory by next month

Well, I knew it was only a matter of time, but I don't like the idea. The last thing we need is to give insurance companies even more power for one thing. For another, I can see this being used to glean information that would be readily abused by lawyers and police. Won't be long now an we will see cases where, say, someone gets convicted of manslaughter for going 2 mph over the limit, meanwhile the black box didn't catch the real cause of the wreck in the first place. But of course, 9 out of 10 dumbasses who thought OnStar was a good idea will think this is an even better idea.

By next month, every driver in the U.S. will be required to have a black box in their vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will declare that all automobiles are required to contain the event data recorder - similar to those found in aircraft - in order to monitor driving habits and provide a snapshot of the final moment of impact if the car crashes.

The snapshot will be able to be viewed by law enforcement, insurance companies and automakers and the owner of the vehicle will not be able to turn it on or off.

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