Police disillusioned after dozens caught utilizing telephones whereas driving in Wellington

Police disappointed after dozens caught using phones while driving in Wellington

Wellington police are disappointed in the results from a cellphone checkpoint this week which saw 25 people caught in just over an hour.


Wellington police are disillusioned within the outcomes from a cellphone checkpoint this week which noticed 25 folks caught in simply over an hour.

Greater than 20 distracted drivers have been caught utilizing their cellphones behind the wheel throughout an hour-long crackdown on unhealthy driving behaviour.

The Wellington District street policing staff, which ran the Monday night time cellphone checkpoint on State Freeway 1 in Pukerua Bay, mentioned they had been “disillusioned” with the outcomes.

“Utilizing a cellphone whereas driving will increase your danger of crashing, but drivers proceed to take their eyes off the street to make use of their cellphones, placing themselves and others in danger,” Sergeant Laurence Vautier mentioned.

Any driver caught using a hand-held cellphone while driving faces an $80 fine and 20 demerit points.


Any driver caught utilizing a hand-held cellphone whereas driving faces an $80 tremendous and 20 demerit factors.

In simply over an hour 25 drivers had been caught utilizing cellphones whereas driving, bringing an  instantaneous tremendous of $80 and 20 demerit factors.

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Vautier additionally urged passengers to carry drivers accountable in the event that they had been behaving in an unsafe method.

It’s against the law to use a handheld device, even an old-school flip phone, while driving, and that includes while stationary at intersections or in heavy traffic.


It’s towards the legislation to make use of a handheld system, even an old-school flip cellphone, whereas driving, and that features whereas stationary at intersections or in heavy site visitors.

“For those who’re in a automobile with a driver who’s utilizing their cellphone do not be afraid to talk up … Do not allow them to put your life in danger for the sake of a cellphone name – it isn’t value it.”

From February 18, Wellington Police mentioned they’d run a four-day marketing campaign centered on distracted drivers throughout the district.

“We wish Wellington to be a protected place for everybody,” Vautier mentioned.

Police figures present that, from January 2010 to June 2017, 134,908 folks had been pulled over for cell phone offences. Fines for offences totalled $10,624,103.


LEGAL: Consuming, ingesting (non-alcoholic), utilizing cellphone as GPS, altering music on cellphone, altering music on stereo, make-up, studying.

NOT LEGAL: Texting, speaking on cellphone.

* Police say all the above trigger drivers to be distracted and none are advisable

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