Stupid law proposed

Steven Joyce has disappointed me today by announcing that he is looking at banning the hand-held cellphones in cars.

Just like the gang-patch ban law this is completely unnecessary, existing laws already cover this, eg careless use of a motor vehicle.

I am implacably opposed to bans where existing laws already cover the issue. This is simply pandering to the busybody sector.

Where is the evidence to suggest that people are dying from using cellphones and even if they are where is the cost benefit analysis of passing a law that will maybe save one or two people per annum.

Then there is the issue of simply ignoring the law. We already have laws that say drink driving is illegal yet every year thousands are arrested for drink driving.

If it is simply about saving lives then we would save more lives by banning abortion.