Police praise phone stats

Tauranga police say they are happy with the number of people caught in the Western Bay of Plenty using mobile phones while driving.
Since the law came into force on November 1, 2009, a total of 45 drivers have been caught for breaching the ban in the Western Bay.

Senior sergeant Ian Campion believes one of the main reasons most Western Bay motorists are abiding by the law is because they realise the risks of using a mobile phone while driving.
 “I’m reasonably impressed. Not long after the introduction there was a reasonably high compliance right after and I still think that’s true.”
“Although there are still those who insist on using it.”
“People do realise it’s a distraction and if people were honest, most would admit using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous,” says Ian.
Across New Zealand since the law was introduced, there were 902 infringements handed out to motorists for breaching the ban.
National road policing manager Paula Rose says New Zealanders are changing their driving behaviour.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and it has been pleasing to see the number of passengers watching out for drivers and answering phones on their behalf,” says Paula.


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