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Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban for Vehicle Drivers

From 1 November 2009, motorists are no longer able to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving. This comes from a change in the New Zealand Road Rules.

The change will see drivers using hand-held cell phones behind the wheel incurring an $80 fine along with 20 demerit points. This change is seen by many as a welcome relief and a good step towards making New Zealand roads a safer place.

New Zealand will join at least 50 other countries who all have bans or partial bans on the use of hand-held phones by drivers.

However, drivers will still be able to use cell phones if they do so with a hands-free device and two-way radios. There will also be an exemption for 111 emergency calls.

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