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    Drive to ban cellphone use
    5:00AM Sunday Sep 28, 2008
    By Rebecca Milne

    Deaths and injuries caused by drivers using cellphones have soared in the past 12 years, prompting Government moves to ban the use of hand-held phones.

    Between 2002 and last year, cellphone-distracted motorists caused 26 fatalities and 411 injury crashes. Last year 139 people were killed or injured in such crashes - up from 120 in 2006 and 101 in 2005.

    The number has steadily increased since 1996 when just eight minor injuries were recorded.

    The figures - and a British study which shows drivers who text are more impaired than drink-drivers - have added weight to the Government push to ban hand-held cellphones.

    The use of hand-held cellphones is banned in at least 45 countries and officials here are proposing a $50 fine and 25 demerit points.

    The proposed change is currently open for public submissions and the Herald on Sunday can reveal even telecommunications giants Vodafone and Telecom support the move.

    "Telecom supports the proposed rule change regarding mobile use in cars," spokeswoman Rebecca Earl said. "For some time now we have been encouraging our customers to avoid unnecessary distractions and advised against using a mobile phone while driving."

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    Good!!! but will they enforce it?

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    is there much point having a $50 fine?
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    Hope motorists will learn to stop using mobile phones while driving.

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