Motorists appear to be getting the message about using their seatbelts, according to new figures on fines for not buckling up.
Figures released to Radio New Zealand show the number fined dropped by 16 percent in the year ending June 2013.
Fines totalling $7.7 million were collected, down $1 million on the year before. For the three years ending June 2013 a total of $25.5 million was collected.
In releasing the figures, police noted their focus was not on imposing fines but on safety, and said all the fine money goes into the Government's consolidated fund.