Story: Road accidents

Cellphones in cars

Cellphones in cars

By 2008, a significant number of road deaths and injuries had been attributed to text messaging or talking on cellphones while driving, and the issue had become political, with many people backing a ban on cellphone use by drivers. In this cartoon the Minister of Transport, Annette King, and the Transport Safety Officer, Harry Duynhoven, are shown crashing while on their way to a meeting to discuss the issue. Using cellphones while driving became illegal in 2009.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Trace Hodgson

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Road accidents - The cost of road accidents', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014