Does anyone remember a change of government last year?
Was there anyone who really expected a real change?
Come on now, 'fess up. There must be one or two of you?
UPDATE: Comments on the cellphone ban from TWR and Dave Mann are so good they deserve the front page. (I've paraphrased slightly and combined the two for clarity). The line to takeaway: "Its easier to herd the population into a (metaphorical) prison camp than it is to actually police and punish the behaviour."
Laws already exist to protect against dangerous driving, there's no need for new ones to ping drivers who are not driving dangerously. The correct way of approaching it would be for the police to publicise the fact that from that moment on they would be ticketing people who they see carelessly driving while on cellphones under the existing careless/dangerous driving laws. It's not hard to see someone driving erratically, and they often do end up being on the phone. Those people who are driving perfectly ok while on the phone would be left alone.
It's the careless driving which is the problem behaviour, and no amount of banning will never solve this.
In my view this whole cellphone ban thing is nothing more than yet another source of revenue gathering for the polizei. For every 1000 instances of a driver using a cellphone, probably only 5 to 10 of them are also being careless, so introducing a law which enables the cops to potentially collect revenue off all 1000 of them regardless of their level of care is, for them, the best way to go. It saves them from actually having to do any work.
The same goes for alcohol, fireworks, savage dogs and killing your own children. It's easier to herd the population into a (metaphorical) prison camp than it is to actually police and punish the behaviour.
Coincidentally, none of this police state environment has the slightest effect on real criminals and assholes. All it does is clamp down of the freedom of the ordinary citizens and gather revenue from them wherever possible in order to feed government's sense of power.