Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Need for safer cell phone use - Greens

12 March 2008

Growing crash risks show need for safer cell phone use - Greens

As the link between cell phone use by motorists and crash risks continues to grow, Green Party MP Sue Kedgley is calling for the use of only hands-free-type technology while driving.

"How many more New Zealanders are going to have to die before the Government has the political courage to follow the lead set by 46 other countries?

"There is mounting evidence that texting and using a cell phone while driving increases the risk of crashes, and yet the government is procrastinating, presumably out of fear of public disapproval, on this significant cause of vehicle crashes, Ms Kedgley says.

Australia, the United Kingdom and France, were among the countries who had prohibited the use hand held cell phones while driving, and a further three had either a partial ban or strict limitations on their use.

"We don't have to ban motorists from having cell phone conversations in their cars, they will simply be asked to do it in a safer way - by using hands-free technology so both hands can be kept on the wheel.

Transport Minister' Harry Duynhoven's reasons for not changing the law were unconvincing, and seemed to be little more than a series of lame excuses and rationalisations, because the government was fearful of getting off-side with cell-phone users.

A proposed law change should be preceded by wide public education about the risks of texting and talking on the phone while driving, Ms Kedgley said.

"We have to put the interests of public health first, not populism."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election