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A 21-year-old man is to appear in the Dunedin District Court later this month on driving charges after losing control of his car, which ended up balanced on top of a wooden fence post.
Constable Nick Turner said the car crashed in Reid Ave, near Memorial Park, in Mosgiel, on Tuesday.
It landed on top of a wooden post in a chain-link fence surrounding the park.
Const Turner said the man was later located by police, who found he was an unlicensed and banned driver.
"He admitted using his cellphone and crossing the centre line.
"I think there’s a lesson to be learnt there about how things can go terribly wrong when you use your phone while driving," Const Turner said.
No deaths occurred on Otago and Southland roads over Easter, but New Zealand’s holiday road toll was labelled "unacceptable" after the country recorded eight road deaths, the highest number in more than a decade.
As a result, national road policing centre director Superintendent Steve Greally said police would be targeting drivers using mobile phones, among other initiatives.
"If you are driving, then you need to focus on the road to get everybody in the car to your destination safely.
"Put the phone down. There is no text, post or call that is so important to risk your life for."