First the Herald reports:
American Eric Hertz, who moved to New Zealand from Washington DC to become 2degrees’ chief executive nearly two months ago, said he had glanced down at the Google Maps function on his phone when he drove into a stationary vehicle at an inner-city Auckland intersection. …
Mr Hertz’s phone was in a hands-free cradle, and always is when he is in the car.
This would not be covered by the change in law mooted by the Government.
And in another Herald story:
National’s Hunua MP Paul Hutchison has been dobbed in for reading while driving on the Auckland motorway and his attitude is it’s a “fair cop”. …
Dr Hutchison said it was him yesterday and thanked the reader for reporting him.
“Anyone who dobs someone in for driving unwisely is doing their public duty and that’s fair enough. Caught red-handed – or blue-handed,” he said.
He had been “frantically” going from one meeting to another on the Auckland governance issue.
“If I was driving unwisely I shouldn’t have been and I will endeavour to correct my ways,” he said.
I note this also will not be covered by the law change.
This is why I prefer a general law on distractions while driving, rather than picking on handheld cellphones only.Tags: cellphone use in cars, Eric Hertz, Paul Hutchison