MP proposes full ban on headphones, communication devices while driving
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.
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The bill, if approved, will replace the current law first approved in 1930s, that road safety lobbyists say is outdated.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.