Wellington Scoop

Instant fines for 25 drivers using cellphones on SH1

News from NZ Police
In just over an hour at a cellphone checkpoint on State Highway 1 in Pukerua Bay last night, Wellington Police caught 25 drivers using cellphones while driving.

Using a cell phone while driving increases your risk of crashing, yet drivers continue to take their eyes off the road to use their cell phones, putting themselves and others at risk.

Drivers found to be using a cellphone while driving receive an instant fine of $80 and 20 demerit points.

Wellington District Police are committed to keeping our roads safe.

Next week from 18–21 February Wellington Police will be running a campaign across the district focusing on distracted drivers. We want Wellington to be a safe place for everyone. Please look after yourselves and other road users.

If you’re in a car with a driver who is using their phone don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t let them put your life at risk for the sake of a phone call – it’s not worth it.

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  1. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 12. February 2019, 21:16

    I saw this operation yesterday. Well done NZPolice.
    Numbers caught shows just how bad the problem has become. Time for fines to quadruple, to come into line with other countries that are serious about road safety. [via twitter]

  2. Alf the Aspirational Apteryx, 13. February 2019, 8:55

    @ Chris Calvi-Freeman: and double the quadruple if they are caught tooting as well!