The following appeared on the national news site of the Netherlands this morning:
Minister Schultz zint op maatregelen om te voorkomen dat een automobilist onder het rijden kan appen of sms'en. De minister vraagt telecombedrijven een techniek te ontwikkelen die de telefoon tijdens de rit compleet 'overneemt'.
Minister Schultz is looking for provisions to prevent a car driver from using WhatsApp or sending texts while driving. The minister asks telecom companies to develop technologies to completely 'take over' the cellphone.
Regardless of whether that's a good idea or not, I strongly suspect the Dutch politicians would be stepping way out of line by even proposing such an idea.
Is it realistically feasible for a western cabinet to take this to the next level and implement whatever is required to make this happen?
I suspect companies can't be forced to cooperate, but I honestly don't know. A change of law would probably be required as well. The European Union may even have laws rendering this whole suggestion null and void.