People with unpaid fines or reparation for traffic-related offences could find themselves barred from driving under powerful new sanctions which come into effect this month, Courts Minister Chester Borrows says.
"Despite popular belief, hands-free and Bluetooth operation aren’t safer—that cognitive load is still present"
"It’s not safe to use a device even when stopped at a traffic light; University of Utah researchers have found that drivers can take up to 27 seconds to regain full attention after sending a text."
"Drivers talking on the phone can miss up to 50 percent of what’s in their driving environments."
"On average, texting drivers take their eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds at a time. At 90kph, that’s travelling the length of a football field completely blind."
"Northland road toll 2013 - 2017 - 126 deaths; 709 serious injuries; 270 minor injuries"