Outspoken talkshow host Michael Laws has been dealt a dose of his own medicine, taking heat from his radio colleagues for driving with an unrestrained child.
Fellow Radio Live presenters John Tamihere and Willie Jackson spoke to the Wanganui mayor on-air yesterday after publicity about an $150 instant fine.
He was pulled over on the Hobson St on-ramp to the Southern Motorway on Sunday with an unbuckled child on the lap of his estranged partner, Leonie Brookhammer.And Laws clearly knows nothing abut car safety. Only an idiot would put an unrestrained child in the front seat of a car with airbags.
In February, Mr Laws spoke out against the parents of 10-year-old Blake Fowlie, who was killed on a trail bike near Paeroa, and Federated Farmers.
Mr Tamihere asked why he was defending the lack of restraint for the child.
"Well I'm sorry but it wasn't floating around on the seat all by itself," Mr Laws said.
The mother had been holding the child "dear to her", comforting her.
Mr Tamihere said the unrestrained child would be a missile in an accident, but Mr Laws said the mother had hold of it and airbags would "go up straight away".Michael Laws should know better than to play the victim. If you're going to spend your working life attacking other people, you can't complain when someone throws something back.
"Okay so baby gets squashed to death," said Mr Tamihere.
And one of his own too.
Et tu, Brute?