Otago Lakes Police are disappointed after a single officer issued 23 infringements for mobile phone use while driving in less than eight hours on Gorge Road, Queenstown yesterday.
The officer was parked visibly and in a marked car, highlighting the level of distraction.
Additionally, four infringements were issued for not wearing seatbelts, and two for excess speed.
“It’s disappointing to see that drivers still aren’t getting the message about distracted driving,” says Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Sarah Thorn.
In 2020, distraction was a factor in 23 deaths and 125 serious injuries on our roads.
“Using a mobile phone that is not hands-free means you are not paying attention. You’re placing yourself, anyone else in your vehicle and all other road users at risk.”