Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – 9.03 hours
The police wants to remind drivers to keep their phone out of the driver's seat.
On 15 August the Wellington Road Policing team carried a mobile phone from 4 to 5 hours on Hutt Road, Petone.
During the operation 18 drivers were robbed for the use of their telephone, while another 17 offenses were committed for not wearing their seatbelt.
Wellington Road Policing Senior sergeant Simon de Wit said the number of infringements committed was disappointing.
"It is really disappointing and it shows that drivers are still willing to take unnecessary risks on our roads," he said.
"There are many other distractions while driving, but drivers with mobile phones have become a big problem."
The police advises drivers to switch off or stop their phone while driving to reduce the temptation to read that text message or to answer that telephone conversation.
Issued by Police Media Center