Either Northland drivers abide by the law or they are just sneakier when it comes to using their cellphones while driving.
National police statistics have revealed that nationally, the lowest number of tickets have been dished out in Northland when it comes to breaking the law and using phones while driving.
In the 11-month period between November 2010 and October this year just 129 tickets were handed out to drivers in Northland who flouted the law and failed to put down their cellphone.
Drivers in Auckland city topped the list with 1961 tickets followed by Waitemata, 1546, and Canterbury, 1447.
Across the country 8357 tickets have been issued and in turn demerit points awarded to the errant drivers. September was the busiest for Northland police when they issued 17 tickets.
Northland road policing acting Senior Sergeant Lance Goulsbro said if officers saw drivers using their cellphones it was dealt with.
"If it's observed it's dealt with immediately. There's no leniency," Mr Goulsbro said.
He could not give a reason why the ticket numbers were so low in Northland.
"Maybe population density has something to do with it. Maybe people are more compliant. In Auckland you see a lot more people on their phones than in Whangarei," he said.
'It's not because we are softer."
Penalties for breaching the ban include 20 demerit points against driving licences, which are suspended once 100 points are accrued, as well as an $80 fine.
Between 2003 and 2008, 25 people were reported as being killed in crashes which resulted from drivers using their cellphones.
Since the law was adopted two years ago, nine deaths and 182 crashes have been attributed to cellphone use.
National road policing manager Paula Rose said the campaign was timed to remind drivers of the need to remain vigilant and not to slip back into the old habit of talking or texting on cellphones while driving.