Hidden on Page 403 of Infrastructure Law Is a Mandate for a Government Backdoor 'Kill Switch' for Cars


When it comes to the manufacturing and use of automobiles, the U.S. government enforces a long list of regulations.

In the name of safety, federal law requires that all new automobiles include seat belts, air brake systems, airbags and so on.

Thanks to the massive infrastructure bill passed in November and signed into law by President Joe Biden, the government soon will be enforcing a new regulation — one that will force car manufacturers to place what former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia called a “kill switch” in all new passenger cars.

Buried on page 403 of the legislation, the provision requires “advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology” to be built into all new cars.

This technology will be able to “passively monitor the performance” of all drivers, suggesting this system will be on at all times.

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If the data indicate the driver is “impaired,” the system will “prevent or limit motor vehicle operation,” according to the legislation. This is what Barr referred to as the kill switch.

The measure is set to take effect by 2026 at the latest, with implementation potentially taking effect that year or even sooner.

While the legislation claims these precautions will be used to limit the number of drunken drivers on the road — a noble goal — many are speculating that the mandated these devices could be used in other situations as well.

The federal government tends to be very good at finding new ways to flex its muscles.

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In an opinion piece for The Daily Caller, Barr detailed why Americans should be concerned about this new law.

“The lack of ultimate control over one’s vehicle presents numerous and extremely serious safety issues; issues that should have been obvious to Members of Congress before they voted on the measure,” he wrote.

“For example, what if a driver is not drunk, but sleepy, and the car forces itself to the side of the road before the driver can find a safe place to pull over and rest?” Barr said. “Considering that there are no realistic mechanisms to immediately challenge or stop the car from being disabled, drivers will be forced into dangerous situations without their consent or control.

“The choice as to whether a vehicle can or cannot be driven — for vehicles built after 2026 — will rest in the hands of an algorithm over which the car’s owner or driver have neither knowledge nor control.”

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans, particularly Democrats, have become disturbingly comfortable with the idea of authoritarianism.

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A recent Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports survey found that when it comes to the treatment of unvaccinated Americans, 55 percent of Democrats support fines, 59 percent support house arrest, 45 percent support internment camps, 47 percent support surveillance, 29 support the state removing said individuals’ children and 48 percent support prison for unvaccinated individuals who question the efficacy of vaccines.

The poll of 1,016 likely voters in the U.S. was conducted Jan. 5 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

These people want the government to control most of our lives.

Giving bureaucrats the power to shut off our vehicles under circumstances they control could be the next step toward America becoming an authoritarian state.

CORRECTION, Jan. 20, 2022: An earlier version of this article had an incorrect first name for former Rep. Bob Barr.

CLARIFICATION, Jan. 20, 2023: Some wording has been revised to more completely reflect the nature of what Barr referred to as a “kill switch.”

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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