As the road toll jumps, calls are mounting for a review of the punishment handed to motorists who break the driver cellphone ban.
The number of people caught using cellphones while driving now outnumbers those caught drink-driving, with 27,681 people flouting the cellphone law in the 12 months to June, compared with 24,858 caught drink-driving.
But the Ministry of Transport says it has no plans to increase the penalty, which stands at an $80 fine and 20 demerit points.
Wellington City Council transport strategy and operations portfolio leader Chris Calvi-Freeman wants the penalties to be doubled, in line with what happened in the UK earlier this year.
“I have a personal feeling that the road toll increase is being significantly affected by the use of cellphones,” Calvi-Freeman said.
A City Councillor has a feeling. Well absolutely we should decide road safety policy on feelings.