New South Wales LDP Senate Candidate Glenn Druery
Liberal Democrats Agree With Mark Webber – We Are In A Nanny State!
Federal Election 21 August 2010
Victor P Taffa
“When Mark Webber remarked that “we’ve got to read an instruction book when we get out of bed what we can do and what we can’t do’ he never spoke truer words.” Glenn Druery NSW Senate Candidate said today.
“Australia is a nanny state and the aggressive approach of the police to Lewis Hamilton’s burnout during the Grand Prix in Melbourne proves it. Having a bit of fun in a car can’t be tolerated.”
The Liberal Democrats believe too many traffic laws are based on subjective views of policymakers and reflect a ‘nanny state’ mentality.
In a nanny state, the objective is to save people from their own choices. This is said to be valid because it might save their life. But it ignores the fact that, in relation to traffic laws, the public accepts a level of risk as a trade-off for efficient transport. If the public wanted zero deaths and accidents, they would support reducing the speed limit to something like 20 km/hr.
“In fact, the overwhelming majority of drivers routinely exceed the speed limit. This shows that the policymakers who set speed limits, plus other rules such as burnouts which cause nobody any harm, do not reflect community values.” Mr. Druery said.
“When the vast majority of the public exceeds the speed limit, it is perfectly obvious the speed limit is too low. Current speed limits lack community support. Based on Peel’s principles of Policing, the Police should not be enforcing such laws.”
The Liberal Democrats believe the National Road Safety Strategy should adopt the 85th percentile rule in relation to speed limits. This is an internationally accepted means of setting limits that are acceptable to the public.
The Liberal Democrats also believe the police should stick to enforcing laws that have community support, especially those in which there is likely to be an innocent victim. It regards burnouts by Grand Prix racing drivers as youthful exuberance and motoring fun, and should not be crucified by over-bearing public officials and politicians.
“We agree wholeheartedly with Mark Webber’s comments and believe he was speaking for many in expressing frustration about traffic laws and government encroachment on our basic freedoms.” Mr. Druery said.
“It’s a great country but we’ve got to be responsible for our actions and it’s certainly a bloody nanny state when it comes to what we can do.” Mr. Webber said.
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