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Hutt crack down on drivers using cell phones

Nov 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Radio News

THE HUTT City Council is backing a week long crack down by police on the use of cell phones while driving from today.

Any driver caught using their phone will face an $80 fine and 20 demerit points.

Hutt Valley police area commander Shane cotter says the crackdown is intended to refocus drivers’ attention on the matter.

Statistics show there has been 424 crashes nationwide, 15 of which were fatal due to cell phone use over the past 3 years.

Council’s road safety coordinator Jan Simmons says 18 crashes have been linked with cell phones in the Hutt valley since the ban was initiated.

Hutt City Council is encouraging members of the public to report in anyone they spot using a cell phone while driving.

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