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'Disappointing': New data reveals uptick in distracted drivers using their phones

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Feb 2024, 4:48PM
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'Disappointing': New data reveals uptick in distracted drivers using their phones

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Feb 2024, 4:48PM

New data has revealed a sharp spike in people using their phones behind the wheel.

The latest figures show over 42,210 offences by phone-distracted drivers had been recorded in the first nine months of 2023.

Prime Minister Chris Luxon has also claimed he's willing to increase the $150 fine for distracted drivers.

Brake NZ Development Director Caroline Perry says it's 'disappointing' that so many people are choosing to take this risk.

"A lot of people are still choosing to put both their own lives and the lives of others at risk by doing this."

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