DESPITE millions of dollars being spent on advertising, Orange drivers are still using their mobile phones while driving and not wearing seatbelts.
These are two pets hates of Orange Highway Patrol officers as they try to save people’s lives on the road.
In the last financial year 189 drivers thought they did not need to wear a seatbelt and 149 people thought they could get away with answering their mobile phones while driving.
But all police have to do is subpoena phone records and they can prove a driver was texting or talking at the time police saw them.
Orange Highway Patrol Sergeant Mark Hevers said people often try to drop the phone to claim they were not using it.
The only exception is when the driver is handing the mobile phone to a passenger.
“It an extremely common thing,” he said.
“Every single day you see, more off duty than on duty.”
Sergeant Hevers said, for reasons he cannot fathom, people simply have a complacency for using mobile phones whilst driving and not buckling up.
“I lot of people don’t think [using mobiles whilst driving] should be an offence,” he said.
“But what if you look down to use your phone, look up and you’ve hit a child.”
He said there was no distinction between which demographic is the most likely to use technology while driving but there were some perennial offenders for not wearing a seatbelt.
“Door to door delivery drivers, they know they have an exemption so at times they exploit it,” he said.
“The exemption doesn’t cover 50km/h across town.”