The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS) is asking the government to help them slow down drivers. Despite Scotland recording its lowest traffic fatalities since they began keeping track of the statistic, Transport Minister Keith Brown says, "... one death on our roads is one too many as far as I am concerned."

According to The Scotsman, officers have asked the Scottish Parliament to push manufacturers to make cruise control standard equipment.

"For people like salesmen, if all cars had cruise control, it would be easier to drive within limits," says Chief Superintendent David O'Connor. O'Connor isn't just talking about freeway speed limits, either – he envisions motorists using speed limiters in school zones and such, too.

O'Connor goes even further, and says he would ideally like to see all cars fitted with black boxes to record driver behavior. The device, he argues, would be most beneficial among drivers under 25.

The Scottish government is already experimenting with the black box idea on business cars of drivers under 25. To implement the idea nationally, though, would reportedly require changes to European Union laws, something the Scottish Parliament has no control over.


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      BLSully
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm all for standard cruise control. It is a feature which, no matter the kind of vehicle you drive, is useful if you do any real amount of driving. However, I hear more and more about black-box mandates and that is not something I would support. Our privacy dwindles essentially daily, I'm not about to let some government official inspect every millisecond of my driving record. When it comes to things like this, the adage "give an inch, take a mile" is very fitting. How long til the black boxes automatically debit your bank account through your smart phone connected to Google Wallet when you exceed the speed limit by 10%, and then increment the points on your drivers license? (This is coming from a avid Android user who can barely imagine life without Google ;), so no, I'm not just some Technophobe spewing paranoia). The tech for this exists, the only thing keeping invasions of our freedom such as this at bay is not allowing authorities access to every little aspect of our lives.
      Dawgz83948
      • 2 Years Ago
      Becasue when you're drunk, it's too hard to maintaing a constant speed.......
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Paul
        • 2 Years Ago
        Very true,cruise shouldn't be used in slippery conditions especially on the highway.
      eulerckt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know about the UK, but I can set my cruise control at the speed limit, or wherever I want it. If EVERYONE on the same stretch of road was going the same speed, then this kind of control would be effective at reducing crashes. I can plow right into stopped traffic at 40 mph with or without the cruise on. It's all about attentiveness.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a speed limiter you want, not cruise control. Cruise holds you from x to Vmax, whereas a limiter holds you from 0 to x, where x is the set speed. I have both on my E-Class, and use the limiter extensively but never use the cruise. In towns, I set it to 30 and then don't have to look at the speedo but drive for the conditions knowing I won't exceed the limit.
      sgtmike132
      • 2 Years Ago
      the city next to me is the heroin capital of the U.S. and the police are more interested in collecting revenue from people driving to work and school than fighting crime. It's even more sad because they make well over $125k and spend their time hiding on the side of the roads instead of actually patrolling the crime ridden areas.
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      From banning private ownership of swords, to the Rangers imploding, to encouraging black boxes to 'tattle' on drivers, sometimes it's hard to be a descendent of Scots..... Although, I do have a particularly nice 17 year single malt sitting next to me.
      ME
      • 2 Years Ago
      Automakers may as well not even offer cruise control, no one here actually uses it out in the open road. All there is goofs who speed up, then slow down, speed up and slow down... and they wonder why their mileage is pitful and they hate driving. Just use the cruise, set it to your speed and go!
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      These black box comments by those Scottish government officials are chilling to say the least. Our cars already have limited ability to turn witness against us. With Gen Y not caring about driving as much, I can see the push for automated cars and highways coming in the not too distant future "for our own protection" of course.
      ZOZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tell that moron to walk if he wants no car accident
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      This David O'Connor guy sounds like kind of a prick. Seriously, mandating cruise control seems pointless. First of all, it seems like every car out there these days has it. My car has cruise control, and I haven't used it in the 4 years that I've had it. I am also not sold on the notion that cruise control is really going to make people slow down. I have known many who set their cruise control well above the posted limit, and then simply hit the breaks when their radar detector goes off, or they see a cop. And how would this address all of the accidents that occur on roads where there are a lot of traffic lights, driveways, parking lots, etc.? I am also not so sure that using cruise control in a school zone is the best idea in the world either. It just seems like one more thing that can take one's focus off the road.
      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a pile of bollocks.
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