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Crashes as a result of driver distraction can lead to serious life threatening injuries, as well as deaths. This can include hospitalisation, rehabilitation and in some cases a life time of care.

Take time to identify potential distractions and take action to minimise the risks.

There are 3 main types of distractions:

  • Visual – taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual – taking your hands off the wheel or feet off the pedals.
  • Cognitive – taking your mind off driving.

Using a Mobile/smartphone whilst driving is one of the highest causes (inside the vehicle) of driver distraction crashes.


The video highlights the fact that using a mobile phone in the car can lead to serious injuries. We thank the staff at ABI rehabilitation for their assistance in making this campaign video

Auckland regional all attention/distracted crash statistics 2011 - 2015 (NZ Transport Agency statistics)

image showing crash stats for 2011 to 2015 of 150 serious injuries and 24 deaths.

In the Auckland region between 2011-15 there were 150 serious injuries to drivers who had their attention diverted, as well as 24 deaths.

Using your mobile phone while driving impairs your driving performance in several ways:

  • Slower reaction time especially when braking.
  • Impaired ability to stay in the correct lane.
  • Shorter following distances.

Don’t be tempted to use a hand held mobile phone in the car. In addition to the risks to yourself and others, it is against the law and you risk and $80 penalty fine and 20 demerit points.

Using a mobile phone while driving makes drivers take their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel and their minds off the road.


  • The phone stops in the car,
  • Or it stops your life.

Poster for the phone stops in the car campaign Poster for the phone stops in the car campaign

Handy information and advice on driver distraction