Thursday, May 30, 2024

Police dial up fines for drivers caught on phones

Wellington Police say they’re disappointed with the number of drivers using phones while driving, after 51 were caught in just a two hour period on Monday.

Wellington Acting Road Policing Manager Senior Sergeant Matt Fitzgerald said infringements were issued to drivers that were stopped near the Arras Tunnel.

“It is disappointing to see such a high number of motorists using their phones and driving distracted,” said Snr Sgt Fitzgerald.

Police are urging motorists to make the conscious choice to drive distraction free.

“Put the phone away or pull over if you need to use it. Using a cellphone while driving puts yourself and other motorists at risk,” Snr Sgt Fitzgerald said.

During Monday’s operation, Police also identified five drivers and/or passengers who were not wearing their seatbelts.

“Restraints save lives – it’s that simple. Anyone who chooses not to wear a seatbelt significantly increases their risk of injury or death if they end up in a crash.”

“Police ask motorists to remain focused on the road and wear their seatbelts, to ensure they and others get to their destination safely,” said Snr Sgt Fitzgerald.

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