Tesla CEO and Chairman Elon Musk took aim at California lawmakers Tuesday, saying they are trying to “polarize” the state’s new safety camera law.
The comments, made in an interview with the LA Times, came as California lawmakers are debating the controversial cameras and their future amid fears that the technology will lead to more car accidents.
Musk told the paper that the cameras were “pivoting away from our goal of making sure that the public can safely drive in California, where safety is our number one priority.”
“It’s not the people who are going to make the changes, but it’s the people that want to change,” he said.
“We’re all going to get into a polarized political world.
It’s not going to be easy.”
California passed its new safety law in July after lawmakers debated whether to ban the use of cellphones and other personal electronic devices while driving, as well as requiring motorists to wear seatbelts.
Critics have said the new legislation would lead to a spike in crashes.
California passed the new laws after more than two dozen people were killed in the state last year by distracted driving.