ST GEORGE'S (CMC):
The Grenada government says it will seek to amend legislation making it an offence to use a mobile device while driving.
Agriculture Minister Roland Bhola, speaking to reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, said that persons who run afoul of the new legislation could face a maximum fine of EC$5,000 (One Ec dollar =US$0.37 cents) or one year in jail.
Bhola said that the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic legislation would be amended to provide for the new measures.
He said the Keith Mitchell administration, which controls all 15 seats in the parliament is proposing a maximum of EC$3,500 or six months imprisonment for users of private vehicles, while the users of public transportation could face up to EC$5,000 and serve one year in jail if convicted on charges of using a mobile phone while driving.
Bhola said that there is no clear data to prove that the increase in vehicular accidents were linked to the use of mobile phones, "but we should not wait to prove that to take action".
Figures released by the Royal Grenada Police Force show that between January 1 and August 31 of this year, there were 825 road accidents.
Grenada has a population of 105,139 according to the 2011 census and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission said mobile cellular subscription is 121.6 per 100 inhabitants.