Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.
The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.
Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.
Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.
A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.
Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.
He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.
AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.
While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.
“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”
“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”
He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.
“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.
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Should Queen Street be car-free?
Major roading upgrades are set to get underway on Queen Street which the council says will improve pedestrian spaces.
The work is set to begin on Monday between Shortland and Customs streets, limiting traffic to a single lane each way and with bus priority in the evening peak.
Some have expressed their concerns for the project including a group of businesses and landlords calling itself Save Queen. The group applied for an interim injunction to halt the council's planned Queen St upgrade and a High Court Judge will decide whether to approve the injunction later today.
Should the upgrade go even further and ban passenger vehicles altogether? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment used in your local community paper.
Date: Saturday, 8th May
Time: 10am – 12noon
Venue: Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Road, Orewa
We would like to warmly invite you to a neighbourly meet and greet morning tea & plant swop.
The kaupapa of Neighbours Day Aotearoa is to encourage people to get to know your neighbours better! It is as simple as that!
We would love to get to know our neighbours over a cuppa.
We hope to get to know more about you an as we contribute toward a culture of neighbourly celebration in the love of Christ.
Previous years have seen people joining Neighbours Day Aotearoa to hold plant swaps, BBQs, community movie nights, street parties, beach clean ups, and even small acts like sharing a cup of tea or running errands for our neighbours.
When we connect with our Neighbours good things happen! Here’s our top five benefits of connected neighbours:
1. WELLBEING : When our neighbourhoods are connected and spiritual, physical and emotional health are taken care of, we feel comfortable, happy and healthy.
2. CARING AND SAFETY : When we start from a place of neighbourly caring and generosity, feelings of trust, safety and belonging increase.
3. EMPOWERED : We feel confident to take action when we feel supported by strong social networks and relationships.
4. INCLUSION : We feel accepted in the community when we are allowed to be ourselves, can stretch outside of our comfort zones, and are included in other people’s worlds.
5. RESILIENCE : We can recover quickly from difficulties when we are prepared, we know our neighbours and can ask for and offer support.
If you would like, please bring a plant to swop – we already have a couple to start us off.
Please RSVP with Rev. Werner 021 956 581or simply arrive, we will be waiting.