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Police disappointed after roadside sting in Wellington catches plenty of drivers on their cellphones

Wellington Police say they are disappointed after a checkpoint last night caught 25 drivers on their cellphones in just over an hour.

The checkpoint was set up on State Highway 1 in Pukerua Bay, in northern Porirua, Sergeant Laurence Vautier of Wellington Road Policing said.

He said drivers found to be using a phone can be expected to receive an instant fine of $80 and 20 demerit points.

Mr Vautier encouraged passengers in cars with a driver using a phone to speak up.

From the 18th to the 21st of February, Wellington Police will be running a campaign across the district focusing on distracted drivers.

Sergeant Vautier encouraged passengers in cars with a driver using their phone to speak up. Source: istock.com