The government is seeking to criminalize the use of cell phones and other electronic communication devices while driving, along with making it illegal to drive with open alcoholic beverages.
The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday.
It specifies that “use” of an electronic device includes one or more of the following actions: holding the device in a position in which it may be used; operating one or more of the device’s functions; communicating orally by means of the device with another person or another device or taking a prescribed action in relation to an electronic communication device.
The bill also seeks to regulate the interactions between uniformed police officers and drivers.
It would make the failure of a driver to produce his name and address, the name and address of the owner of the motor vehicle or certificate of motor insurance in respect of that motor vehicle, a criminal offense.
It would make a driver’s failure to produce a driver’s license on request of a uniformed police officer an offense, which could lead to arrest.
The bill would also require the payment of outstanding fines in respect of traffic offenses before the granting of a driver’s license or a public service driver’s license.