Cellphone use costs woman driver $500

An Ashburton woman caught in a police sting on drivers using cellphones was ordered to pay $500 to a road safety charity this week.

Elizabeth Anne Blackburn, 29, appeared before Ashburton District Court Judge Allan Roberts where she admitted a charge of using a mobile phone while driving. Blackburn was among motorists being observed by police on Alford Forest Road on July 4.

Highway patrol officers watched traffic for 45 minutes, focusing on drivers using their cellphones while driving or not wearing their seatbelts.

She was seen to be holding her phone in her left hand, at chest height, and . . .

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