Pakuranga, Auckland

4 days ago

Poll: Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

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… View more
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.

To see video footage, go here:

www.stuff.co.nz...

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

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Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?
  • 90.5% Yes
    90.5% Complete
  • 7.8% No
    7.8% Complete
  • 1.7% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.7% Complete
1708 votes
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Adult Kathmandu jacket - Small

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In good condition no rips or holes also comes with carry pouch.
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Must be able to pick up ASAP
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Check out our website for more information!

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St Columba Term 2 Programme

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Soar My Beloved Women's Conference

Debbie May from St Columba Presbyterian Church

Saturday 15th May @ St Columba, 480 Ti Rakau Drive  
You're invited to come or let a lady in your life know so they can come! We have an awesome line up of speakers, including a youth speaker. Flyers and registration forms are at the church reception desk, or see www.stcolumba.org.nz... for… View more
Saturday 15th May @ St Columba, 480 Ti Rakau Drive  
You're invited to come or let a lady in your life know so they can come! We have an awesome line up of speakers, including a youth speaker. Flyers and registration forms are at the church reception desk, or see www.stcolumba.org.nz... for more info or to register online. Adult: $30 | Student/Senior: $20 Come be encouraged, loved, fed and prayed over! To offer help or for more info please contact beloved@stcolumba.org.nz

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We Say/You Say: Queen Street

The Team from Community News

Kia ora Auckland,

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 … View more
Kia ora Auckland,

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.

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Head deck

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Negotiable

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Moving boxes available if anyone needs them

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Free

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16 piece hair curlers

Cara from Mount Wellington

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Philips-TRESemmé heated 16-piece curling set with 12 metallic securing pins
This is a wonderful electrical heated 16-piece curling set by Philips/TRESemmè.
The curlers come in 3 different sizes -large, medium and small, along with 12 metallic securing pins (for the larger curlers).
This is a… View more
$20

Philips-TRESemmé heated 16-piece curling set with 12 metallic securing pins
This is a wonderful electrical heated 16-piece curling set by Philips/TRESemmè.
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Manukau East Council of Social Services Inc. (MECOSS) AGM

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Come and have your say.
We encourage as many members as possible to attend the AGM.
This is a very important meeting and it is your opportunity to hear about the achievements of the past 12 months and to seek information about the direction for the forthcoming year.
Day & Date: Tuesday, 1 June … View more
Come and have your say.
We encourage as many members as possible to attend the AGM.
This is a very important meeting and it is your opportunity to hear about the achievements of the past 12 months and to seek information about the direction for the forthcoming year.
Day & Date: Tuesday, 1 June 2021 at 6:30pm
Venue: Haseler Hall, underneath the All Saints' Church, cnr Selwyn Road and The Glebe, Howick, Auckland

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