Cell­phone driv­ers don’t heed the call

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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