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102 motorists ticketed for using cellphones while driving in CBD

News from NZ Police
Police were frustrated by the number of motorists using cell phones while driving during a road safety operation in central Wellington yesterday.

In total, 117 drivers were issued infringement notices during the three hour operation from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Of those, 102 were for using cell phones while behind the wheel.

“It is unacceptable that so many people were willing to risk their own safety and put others in harm’s way by choosing to drive distracted and focus on their cell phones instead of the road,” says Sergeant Laurence Vautier, Wellington Road Policing supervisor.

“This checkpoint was undertaken during peak travel time, on a main route through Wellington CBD and in close proximity to major intersections.

“Of concern is that a large number of the drivers caught said they were using social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter while driving.

“Police ask that drivers make a conscious effort to drive distraction free.

“Life is worth it, distracted driving is not”

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  1. Andy Mellon, 3. September 2019, 15:08

    About time there’s more focus on this. I saw someone on their phone attempting a 3-point turn one-handed in Central Hutt on Sunday. Took about 10-points to complete the manoeuvre. Awful.

  2. Kevin Jones, 3. September 2019, 20:43

    Can we have a blitz on red light runners too?