Remember John Key’s Nanny State rant?:
I’ve had nine years of being told what lightbulb I can screw into the house, what shower I can take, what food I can eat, what things I can do, what thoughts I am allowed to have.
Ahh, those were the days! Footloose and fancy free in opposition, he could spout any kind of nonsense he liked and get away with it. It can’t be nearly so much fun in Government where he actually has to operate within the constraints of reality.
In reality of course, Key’s government is racking up an impressive range of Nanny State policies itself. National stuck to their guns on Section 59 reform (Bravo!), are planning revisions to alcohol limits, are regulating cold medication and other products, are banning certain kinds of chainsaws. Nanny is even reminding us to brush our teeth at night. Eventually even The Herald had to ask “Is National also guilty of ‘nanny-state’ policies?“. The “interesting” range of comments in the Herald blog show that the Nanny State hysteria so carefully cultivated by National in opposition is now turning on them with a vengeance.
Anyway, as a public service announcement, be reminded that yesterday the NACT government’s new laws relating restrictions on the use of cellphones while driving came in to force. You can now be pulled over by police if you’re seen texting or using a phone while driving (copping an $80 fine and 20 demerits on your licence).
This useful piece at Stuff sets out in detail exactly what is and isn’t allowed, and options for legal hands free setups. It’s well worth a read if you are one of those affected by the new law. There are also 23 other changes to road rules! You should have a read (especially if you’re a motorcyclist) here and here.