Checkpoint nabs phone users

Carrying out a breath test at a checkpoint in Crawford St in Dunedin yesterday is Constable...
Carrying out a breath test at a checkpoint in Crawford St in Dunedin yesterday is Constable Jackson Larrivee. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Playing Candy Crush is not an acceptable reason for using your phone while driving, police say.

An hour-long routine checkpoint in Crawford St, Dunedin, yesterday caught 10 people using their mobile phones while driving, a police spokesman said.

They were issued infringement notices, along with one driver who was found to be not wearing a seatbelt.

Those caught using their phones offered excuses such as checking their emails and messages or "even playing Candy Crush", the police spokesman said.

Officers targeted times and locations that were known to be high risk.

Driving while distracted and not being properly restrained were two of the main behaviours which contributed to death and injury on the road, alongside driving too fast for the conditions and driving while impaired.

Another checkpoint would be set up in a different location today.

"Road safety is something we all have to take responsibility for," the spokesman said.

Comments

Yep, it's like a virus, and no less dangerous. People have allowed their phones to literally take control over their lives. A total invasion of life, social etiquette and privacy. FOMO is the virus, social media platforms and gaming have engineered society and have become very rich doing it. And yet, no one designing these things or the cars, seems to place any importance on the fact that driving while using your phone can be deadly and is illegal. With all this technology, why is there no system to prevent a phone engaging while the car is in motion? Why is it up to the Police to stop the problem? People won't stop phone use on their own volition. No amount of fines will change this. You can't educate, conditioned beings. There needs to be a technological barrier.

Buzz Very good point.

"Playing Candy Crush is not an acceptable reason for using your phone while driving, police say."

There are NO acceptable reasons for using a phone while driving

 

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