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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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AUTUMN BOOK FAIR
29th/30th May 2021
Helensville War Memorial Hall
“The Biggest Book Fair in the West!”
The Lions Club of Helensville is holding their Autumn Book Fair on the last weekend of May in the Helensville War Memorial Hall. Starting at 9.00am on Saturday until 4.00pm and 10.00am on Sunday until 3.00pm.The Book Fair is being held in conjunction with the Kaipara Coastguard and all proceeds from the weekend will go towards funding for their proposed new Marine Rescue Centre at Springs Road, Parakai. The Christmas Book Fair, held in November, raised $13,245 and we aim to beat this for Coastguard Kaipara who perform voluntarily an essential service on our harbour, keeping boaties safe.
Books are priced to sell with nothing over $2, with a good selection of children’s books at 50c. Plus, there is also a good selection of jigsaw puzzles, board games, DVDs, CDs and quality magazines available.
Non-Fiction will be split into twenty separate categories, including one dedicated to New Zealand subjects and a large General Non-Fiction section to browse through.
Fiction is arranged alphabetically by authors, with six special interest groups, the largest of which is the Fantasy/Science Fiction section. There is also a tremendous number of children’s books for all ages.
Small donations of books can be left at Burmester Realty, Helensville or for larger lots, call Chris on 09 420 8527, or any other member of Helensville Lions.
Please note that the last date we are accepting books for this Book Fair is Friday 21st May.