Partial cell phone driving ban proposed

After it was left out of the original draft of the Cayman Islands Traffic Bill early this year, it seems at least a partial ban on cell phone driving has been put back into the legislation.

The revision of the country’s current Traffic Law could come before the Legislative Assembly for a vote as early as next month, following its recent approval by Cabinet members.

According to officials within the Ministry of Works, who led efforts to redraft the law, what is now proposed is not a total ban on using a cell phone while driving.

“You have to have [the cell phone] hands free, and there are certain stipulations on using it,” said ministry Assistant Chief Officer Tristan Hydes. “There are restrictions.”

A copy of the new Traffic Bill had not been released and more specifics on the partial cell phone ban were not available by press time.

Both the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and an association from the Seventh-day Adventist Church have advocated for a cell phone ban, at least for hand-held cellular devices while driving

Please see the full story in Monday’s editions of the Caymanian Compass… 

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