Police blitz on drivers using cellphones

Last updated 16:11 26/11/2012

Relevant offers

Kapiti Observer

Police tell Kapiti and Porirua residents to lock it or lose it as crime increases Q&A: K Gurunathan - cuffed by the riot squad, now Kapiti Coast's new mayor A crash in Waikanae is causing delays on SH1 southbound Kapiti schools struggling to cope with growth in student numbers Kapiti Performing Arts Centre theatre seats open for sponsorship Kapiti Powerlifting Club female quartet lift national bench press titles Ring, ring, why don't you answer my call? Days spent trying to ring Kapiti police Home detention for Kapiti woman guilty of benefit fraud WREDA restructure expected to save $500,000 a year $1.7m Waikanae commuter parking now unlikely to open till next year

Police will be stopping drivers who are using cellphones while driving during the last week in November.

The phone-use blitz will coincide with the anniversary of legislation banning mobile phones while driving and is aimed at reminding drivers of the risks of distraction.

National road policing manager Carey Griffiths said distraction can come in many forms and changing the CD, unrestrained pets, quarrelling children, items rolling round in the car, eating or putting on makeup are some of the common ones police encounter.

Although the legislation allows the use of hands-free mobile phones, Mr Griffiths recommended that drivers minimise the potential for distraction by switching their phones off while they are driving, or pulling over to make or receive calls.

"We are now several years down the track, we don't see any excuses for people still failing to comply with this legislation. We will be taking a very firm approach and police will be out nationwide doing their best to impress upon drivers how serious we are about this issue."

Police will also be checking that passengers are wearing seatbelts, he said.

Ad Feedback

- Kapiti Observer


Special offers
Opinion poll

Should Kapiti have international airport?

Yes, there's plenty of land there

No, it's too far for people to travel to


Don't care

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content