Counting seatbelts: How many of us aren’t wearing them?
Drivers paid almost $9 million in fines for not wearing a seatbelt and using mobile phones to police last year, new figures show.
Manawatū drivers caught not wearing a seatbelt and using cell phones paid $268,550 in fines to police, while nationally $8.9 million was paid for disobeying these safety rules.
In the past nine years, Manawatū drivers forked out $2.85m, about three per cent of the national haul of $92.7m.
Manawatū senior sergeant Darren Paki said police didn’t rack up fines to make money but to keep drivers safe.
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