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New Zealand Banning the use of Navigation Aids on Phones While you are Driving

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Society in general and law enforcement frown upon the practice of using your mobile phone while driving, it could be sending a text message or answering a call and putting it on speakerphone. The problem is that, unless you are stationary, any such acts put you and other motorists in danger. Nowadays, almost every new phone that is released features some form of GPS, with every smartphone guaranteed to have it, and users of older phones buying external GPS devices. Now, the New Zealand transport authority has outright banned the use of them while driving.

In the US, using your phone while driving is still legal, unless of course you are constantly entering data into the device. The New Zealand authorities on the other have taken a much more grim view of the situation. The transport ministry has placed a ban on looking at the navigation aid on a mobile phone when you are driving, along with using an form of in-car navigation on a phone. Under the new law, even if you have a turn-by-turn navigation system, mounted to the dashboard, it would still be illegal.

The only acceptable form of use of a mobile phone in a car is to mount the phone on a crade and to only send and recieve calls with it, using either speakerphone or some form of hands free system for the car. The penalties for violating these new laws has not yet been disclosed, however, it would be safe to assume that from now on, the wisest course of action would be to get a car with a built in navigation system or have one installed.

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