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Bill restricting cell phone use while driving to be debated on Wednesday

Parliamentarians will debate the Road Traffic (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, which seeks to restrict the use of cell phones while driving, when the House of Assembly meets on Wednesday, Leader of Government Business Renward Wells confirmed yesterday.

MPs will also debate the Road Traffic (Amendment) Regulations, 2019.

The regulations allow for motorists to take a left turn on a red light.

“Notwithstanding regulation 20(4)(a), and where signs are placed permitting turns on a red signal, a driver facing a red signal, after coming to a full stop, may cautiously enter the intersection and make a left turn,” it said.

It says that a driver turning left on a red signal must give way to pedestrians who are crossing, and also to vehicles “approaching from the lane of traffic having the right of way under a green signal to enter the road the driver is entering”.

The Road Traffic Amendment Bill was tabled in September 2018 and seeks 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.

However, it says if the device is affixed to the vehicle and is enabled for hands-free use, it may be used.

The bill would also make the failure of a driver to produce his or her 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 an 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.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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