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Drivers reminded to keep off their phones

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 – 9:03am

Police would like to remind drivers to keep off their phones while behind the wheel.

On August 15 the Wellington Road Policing team conducted a mobile phone operation from 4 to 5pm on Hutt Road, Petone.

During the operation 18 drivers were issued infringements for using their phones, while a further 17 were issued infringements for not wearing their seatbelt. 

Wellington Road Policing Senior Sergeant Simon de Wit said the number of infringements issued was disappointing.

“It is really disappointing and it shows that drivers are still willing to take unnecessary risks on our roads,” he said.

“There are a lot of other distractions while driving, but drivers using mobile phones has become a significant problem.”

Police advise drivers to turn their phone off or put it on silent while driving to reduce the temptation to read that text message or answer that phone call.

ENDS

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