30 Aug 2009

Cellphone exemption won't change policy, say police

12:31 pm on 30 August 2009

Police officers will be discouraged from using cellphones while driving despite an exemption from a ban which comes into force in November.

Motorists will face a fine and demerit points for using hand held cellphones while driving, while police, fire and ambulance officers will be exempt.

The road policing national manager, Superintendent Paula Rose, says under an amendment, an enforcement officer may use a mobile phone while driving if it occurs while they are carrying out their duty.

However, police already have a policy in place which discourages the use of hand-held cellphones for safety reasons, she says, except in emergency situations, and this will continue.