I have a feeling!

Stuff reports:

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 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 policy on feelings.

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