11 drivers caught using cell phones

Eleven drivers were caught using cell phones and six people weren't wearing their seat belts in just one hour, Dunedin police say.

Senior Sergeant Jared Kirk, of Road Policing, said officers set up an operation at the intersection of Crawford St and Jervois St for about an hour from 8am on Tuesday with a focus on driver distraction and seatbelt safety.

They issued 11 infringements for using a cell phone while driving and six for failing to wear a seat belt.

"These results are really disappointing," Snr Sgt Kirk said on Tuesday night.

"There is clearly a section of the driving community where the message around seatbelts and cell phone usage is not getting through to. There is no excuse."

Police would continue to use such tactics so the public could expect an "anytime, anywhere" approach, he said.

"I would much rather stand at an intersection for an hour and observe no breaches, because this to me is a measure that people are getting the message.

"Decisions you make as a driver impact not only you and those in your vehicle, but everyone else on the road as well. Every time you get in the car put your seatbelt on and put your cell phone away."


They would probably also find 11 people in an hour who drive without their headlights on after dark... in the rain...

And proceed in the middle of a stroke or episode.