bad formatting day yesterday, not sure what i was trying to do but hopefully it was coherent. so today we have the announcement that talking or txting on cellphones whilst driving is to be banned. fines will be handed out. the government is getting tough.
what i am seeing a total absence of (maybe i'm not looking in the right places?) are cries of nanny-state, interference in our lives, heavy-handed government... you know the spiel. where is it? when this issue was being discussed last year, there was plenty of righteous indignation to be found. maybe the forces of righteousness are gathering their strength and will come out in force tomorrow.
what also don't hear are accusations of this being yet another revenue-gathering exercise that will have little effect on safety. those wily police officers, who'll be hiding in the unlikeliest places, just waiting to catch you out so they can fulfil their quotas. instead of putting their resources towards catching the "real" criminals. surely someone is going to put in a vocal complaint about them? haven't heard any yet.
this is the closest i could find to any kind of dissatisfaction with the proposed ban, from the dog & lemon guide. but even they are simply asking for a change in the punishment ie instead of a fine, confiscate the phone. now that would definitely be more traumatic and actually a better deterrent.
but really, i'd like to hear from all those people who are sick of government interfering in our lives. you're going to put up a decent protest, right? right??
(disclosure: blogger has been known to occasionally talk or txt while driving.)