Stiff Penalties Coming for Indiscriminate Drivers

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Thursday 13th September, 2018-There’s an appeal for drivers to use the roadways with due care and attention as the Vehicles and Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2018 was passed in the House of Representatives.

It comes as there are growing concerns about frequent vehicular accidents in the country.

The bill which will now make its way to the Upper House, the Senate, includes stiff penalties for drunk driving, speeding and the use of hand held mobile devices.

Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin speaking in Parliament on Thursday said it would have been irresponsible of the government if swift action was not taken to help curb the high incidences of accidents.

The bill outlines fines and possible suspension of licenses for those convicted under the Traffic Act.

Minister Benjamin says many accidents can be avoided if road users are not distracted.

Previously, there were no laws regarding drag racing, which is becoming more popular. However, regulations have now been included in section six of the Vehicles and Road Traffic Amendment Bill, 2018.

Commending the attorney general on the tabling of the bill, Minister of Health the Hon. Molwyn Joseph highlighted the cost the government must bear when treating accident victims.