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En­cour­ag­ing people not to multi-task at the wheel is the fo­cus of Road Safety Week, which runs un­til May 26.

The ini­tia­tive is co­or­di­nated by Brake, the road safety char­ity, with sup­port from Auck­land Trans­port, the New Zealand Trans­port Agency and the po­lice.

AA spokesman Dy­lan Thom­sen says New Zealand has higher rates of road deaths and in­juries than many other de­vel­oped coun­tries.

‘‘Get­ting people to think more about their choices and ac­tions on the roads is a re­ally im­por­tant part of im­prov­ing road safety.’’

Act­ing na­tional road polic­ing man­ager In­spec­tor Peter McKen­nie says be­ing dis­tracted be­hind the wheel can be deadly.

More than 500 schools, com­pa­nies and com­mu­nity groups are get­ting in­volved in the week-long ini­tia­tive by run­ning aware­ness­rais­ing events.

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