MP pro­poses full ban on head­phones, com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices while driv­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - WORLD SIGHT DAY - Jo­van.john­son@glean­erjm.com

per­son us­ing two-way ra­dios or per­sons who have cus­tomers that call them. These par­lia­men­tar­i­ans must go and think about what will make the coun­try bet­ter.”

Ja­maica would not be unique in ban­ning ear/head­phones. France last year banned mo­torists and cy­clists from us­ing ear­phones in an ef­fort to cut its road death toll.

CHANGES DE­BATED

The bill be­ing de­bated is a re­vi­sion of one pro­posed last year.Some changes in­clude a pro­posal that per­sons who use cel­lu­lar phones while driv­ing be slapped with a $30,000 fine, three times the amount in the pre­vi­ous bill.

The new is also propos­ing im­pris­on­ment for the of­fence.

The bill, if ap­proved, will re­place the cur­rent law first ap­proved in 1930s, that road safety lob­by­ists say is out­dated.

Two-hun­dred and nine­ty­seven peo­ple have died in road crashes over the pe­riod Jan­uary 1 - Oc­to­ber 11, two per cent less than the num­ber for the sim­i­lar pe­riod last year, ac­cord­ing to data from the Road Safety Unit in the Trans­port Min­istry.

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