Using cell-phones while driving could prove costly

Private and public motorists who use their cellphones while driving would soon be violating the law as Government introduced legislation Wednesday in Parliament to force an end to this practice.

Plans to implement changes to the Motor Vehicle Traffic regulations was announced by Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Roland Bhola, during Tuesday’s Post Cabinet Briefing.

Addressing the first weekly government briefings since being re-elected back into government following the February 19 General Election, Minister Bhola informed the media that the issue of motorists using their cellphones in particular while driving is a major cause of concern to pedestrians and other motorists alike.

He said that while to date there is no official report that suggests that using one of these devices was responsible for an accident, his administration believes in taking pro-active steps to deter the practice.

If passed into law, a private vehicle driver found guilty of this offense could be charged up to $3,000.00 or six month imprisonment.

In the case of a public transport driver, the penalty could be up to $5,000.00 or one-year imprisonment.

Minister Bhola said the draft legislation makes provision for operators of specific vehicles such as ambulances to use hand held radios for the purpose of keeping in touch with medical facilities and personnel which is necessary in the profession.

The first reading of the draft Bill took place during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday at the Grenada Trade Centre, the temporary facility for Parliamentary proceedings.


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