The local Road Policing Unit were out on Manukau Road Wednesday 21 March, ticketing drivers who weren’t wearing seatbelts or were using their phones while driving.
“Even if you’re holding your phone while it’s on speaker phone, it still counts as using your phone,” said Sergeant Wayne Paxton.
They gave out five tickets for people not wearing seatbelts, seven tickets for people using their cellphones and two tickets for motorists who ran a red light at the intersection.
They also issued four warnings to drivers turning right from the give way intersection at Harris Street.
“If talking on your cellphone is an issue, set up bluetooth.” Penalties for using a mobile phone while driving are $80 and 20 demerit points.
There’s no excuse for drivers to not wear seatbelts. The infringement fee for not wearing a seat belt is $150.
This year 96 people have died on New Zealand roads, up from 78 at the same time last year.
Last week, Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Sandra Venables, spoke on the high figures of road deaths. “Police focus is on preventing harm; we don’t want to see people driving too fast for the conditions, driving impaired, driving distracted or not wearing seatbelts,” she said. “Decisions drivers make impact not only them and those in their vehicle, but everybody else on the road. We want everybody to understand the responsibility they have to protect themselves and their passengers, as well as all other road users.
“Our staff are committed to preventing further loss of life and that is why we will not apologise for policing our roads and taking every opportunity to prevent harm.”