Infrastructure Bill Mandates Government “Kill Switch” in Every Vehicle Starting in 2026

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People are just now becoming aware of a provision that Democrats snuck into the 2021 infrastructure bill that would impose severe limitations on Americans’ right to travel. And no, it’s not a vaccine passport.

The bill mandates that all new cars sold starting in 2026 must have a “kill switch” installed that the government and law enforcement has control over. This is just one of many Communist Chinese-style, dystopian social credit score measures that are now being pushed by world leaders. You’re about to lose a fundamental constitutional freedom that you’ve always had if this measure goes into effect.

The measure was slipped into the monstrosity bill after Democrats claimed that it would protect against “drunk driving.” The kill switch in your vehicle can be shut off by some bureaucrat sitting in his cozy office, without you having any say-so in it. If you think it’s unlikely that this will not be used to persecute the Democrats’ political enemies, then you haven’t been paying attention.

The federal government has been running Twitter, and probably all the rest of the big social media companies, for the past decade in order to deprive Americans of their Freedom of Speech. Do you honestly think they wouldn’t jump at the chance to limit your freedom to travel?

Imagine how the lives of Americans would be limited without the freedom provided by the gas-powered car, which has been around since 1886.

Want to visit your relatives on Thanksgiving? Too bad, COVID or some other bug is floating around. Your car is switched off.

Want to go on vacation this summer? Sorry, you’ve expressed naughty thoughts on social media that Joe Biden doesn’t approve of. No car for you.

Want to flee from California to a free state like Florida or Texas? Uh-uh. Governor HairGel Newsom wants you to stay and keep paying higher and higher taxes. You won’t even make it to the Arizona or Nevada border.

Constitutional scholars have always held that Americans’ right to travel is protected under the Privileges and Immunities Clause, which says, “The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” If you’re an American and you travel from Ohio to Nebraska, you’re still entitled to all of your rights as an American. Scholars also contend that this right to freedom of movement even pre-dates the Constitution; it’s described in the Articles of Confederation.

The kill switch law, as Joe Biden signed it, is incredibly vague in how exactly this device is going to work. All that the law says is that the device will “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired” and “prevent or limit motor vehicle operation if an impairment is detected.”

Another aspect of freedom of travel is that it affirms your right to privacy from the government. The only way for these dystopian kill switches to work is if someone from the government is actively monitoring your use of your vehicle.

Abridging your right to travel without due process should be repugnant to every American. But the Democrats are going to begin treating all Americans like convicted child sex offenders, limiting and tracking our movements at all times, if this provision goes into effect.

There is a bit of good news to report on this, however. Engineers for the car companies say that it will take 10 to 15 years to implement the technology as described. This isn’t going to happen as early as 2026, barring a technological miracle. The other bit of good news is that gives us some time for Republicans to eviscerate this disgusting law and prevent it from going into effect.