Avoid Driver Distraction
Receiving texts and calls
Switch mobile phones OFF when driving. It is illegal to send or receive text messages or calls on hand-held mobile phones while driving.
Texting and calling on your phone while driving will naturally result in you receiving a penalty. It might surprise you to learn however, it’s not just you who could receive a fine if you’re caught using your phone at the wheel.
Driver using a mobile phone while driving $80 fine with 20 demerits.
How to stop your phone use at the wheel
We understand sometimes it might feel like you absolutely have to use your phone when behind the wheel, but it isn’t actually the case. The temptation to check your mobile every time it pings or dings might seem unbearable, but there are measures you can take to ensure you aren’t finding your attention wandering.
Some useful tips for counteracting the problem of a mobile’s allure include:
- Turning your phone onto silent mode
- Putting the mobile out of reach (such as in the trunk or a glove compartment)
- Turning your mobile phone off altogether
Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. Children aged seven must be secured in a restraint if one is available in the vehicle.
NZ Transport Agency have information about the requirements for child restraints and the drivers responsibility for ensuring they are used.
Visit their website - Using Child Restraints in NZ
Getting ready for that holiday road trip?
It's a great time to think about the safety of you and your family by making sure that your car is road worthy.
Here are a few tips to help you get to your destination safely:
Prepare your vehicle – check your tyre pressure and condition, fluid levels, lights, clean your windscreen. It’s a good idea to give your vehicle a service before the start of summer
Prepare yourself - be rested before a long drive, plan the trip so you share the driving and take regular breaks to minimise fatigue
If you have children in the car ensure they are correctly restrained in an approved car seat
Check your load security and trailer coupling locks when towing a boat, trailer or caravan
Before you drive off set your music and turn your cell phone to silent and enjoy the drive without distractions
Check your car
If you own a car, it’s your responsibility to maintain your vehicle and ensure it’s in a roadworthy condition at all times. Take the time to check your car regularly and you could reduce the risk of serious damage to you, your passengers and your car in a crash.
It doesn’t take long to give your car a quick safety check. Just give it a regular TWIRL and take it to an expert if you think anything’s wrong. Download the Quick Safety Check(757KB)
A practical driving programme designed to help learner licence holders pass their restricted drivers licence test is available free online. Check out the website www.drive.govt.nz
A toolkit for parents of teen drivers is also available to explain the licence process and the risks and skills in each phase. View the www.safeteendriver.co.nz website.
More information about driver licences can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website
Be Prepared, you don't know what is around the next corner.
Stock are unpredictable and can get onto the road at any time day or night and can run out in front of oncoming traffic. Look out for stock movements with share-milkers moving herds in early June.
Tractors are large vehicles and patience is required on our roads, tractors like stock can be around the next corner or over the brow of a hill, please Be Prepared on our rural roads. Tractors are often tall, wide and slow vehicles, keep a look out and Be Prepared to reduce your speed any time of the day or night. In particular hay season January - February.
The Plan B4 U Party campaign is supported by Councils and most local drinking establishments across the East Waikato.
The Plan B4 U Party logo (designed by Waiuku SADD college students) has been designed to get people to plan and think about the whole picture when partying, before they get stuck and make a bad decision such as drinking and driving.
Planning before you party, is a very simple way to not drink and drive, and therefore avoid a fine. Ordering a taxi or getting a sober mate to drive you home is the way to go.
SADD is a peer education programme that has been in New Zealand for over 20 years. The primary objective of SADD is to reduce the harm caused on our roads by drink drivers. The peer education programme is run in secondary schools by students, and can be incorporated into the school curriculum. The organisation is open to any student and SADD encourages participation from across the year levels. Waihi, Paeroa and Hauraki Plains Colleges all have SADD groups.
For more information, check out the SADD website.