Out comes the ban hammer

Good grief.

Why is there no longer a single day that goes past without some wowser or whinger calling for the ban of some thing or other.

The last target for the wowsers are smart watches.

Road safety campaigners are calling for a ban on the use of wearable technology, including smartwatches, by drivers.

Smartwatches from high-tech giants Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG – which can be used for calls, texts and calendar notifications – are for sale in New Zealand. Apple is releasing its Apple Watch here later this year.

Laws banning drivers’ use of phones – with an $80 fine and 20 demerit points – do not cover the use of wearable technology.

Caroline Perry, of road safety charity Brake, said the law should be widened, stating motorists using smart technology on their watches while driving should face the same sanctions.

“A second’s inattention at the wheel can result in tragedy,” she said.

Yes, just one second distraction.

So given that why aren’t they calling for the removal of:

  • Factory clocks in vehicles
  • Radios/Stereo systems
  • Navigation devices
  • Even Passengers who might want to inconveniently engage in conversation
  • Mirrors, I mean if you are watching what is behind or beside you you won’t see what is in front of you
  • Cup holders…if just one second could result in tragedy we should remove cup holders in case people put drinks in them

Hell why not even ban smoking, wearing of normal wrist watches and children from vehicles too…and while we are at it make them drive at 6 km per hour and have a runner with a flag in front to warn people.

FFS…why must people always call for stupid bans…and how is anyone going to enforce it anyway? Roadblocks and checkpoints?


– Susan Edmunds, A newspaper