Cellphone drivers don’t heed the call
Motorists caught using cellphones while driving drew the most attention from police during a clampdown on traffic safety.
Officers handed out 66 tickets for a range of offences in the Auckland city area during the routine operation on September 12.
At least a third of those were given to drivers using cellphones while driving, Inspector Vaughn Graham says. The city was hit by heavy rain on the day.
‘‘It’s really disappointing and quite daunting to think that people are driving around our city roads in rain and decreased visibility and taking further considerable risk in operating phones,’’ Graham says.
Tradespeople and those using cars as part of their business are often caught using phones while driving.
‘‘If the calls are necessary as part of your business, then it would make sense to have a hands-free kit installed,’’ Graham says.
Officers working on the operation also dealt with a man who crashed his car in Beach Rd before hitting a second car in Shipwright Lane, Parnell.
It is suspected he was under the influence of drugs and police are waiting on the results testing, Graham says.
The fine for being caught using a cellphone while driving is $80.
That includes making calls, texting, playing games and operating music. The rules extend to use while stationary at intersections.
Police will continue to target people who use their phones while driving, Graham says.