International Distracted Driving Laws
Jamaica Texting Laws
Jamaica is making texting and the use of cell phones while driving illegal by the end of 2012. The regulations had been expected to be in effect over a year ago. Per Omar Davies, the island nation’s transportation minister, “Our dedication to road safety is clear-cut, and we plan on launching a strike against those who are intent on creating discord within the traffic system.” The law is also expected to cover other devices like DVD players.
India Texting Laws
India is putting in motion a ban on cell phone use while driving. On March 1, 2012, the Union Cabinet approved safety related changes to the Motor Vehicle Act. Included in this package was a distracted driving plan. The legislation will now proceed to Parliament. Fines can begin at $10.
U.S. Commonwealths Texting Laws
Lawmakers in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are considering legislation that would illegalize the use of mobile devices while driving and texting. The law would also prohibit cell phone use by teen drivers. Fines could run anywhere from $50 to $100. Rep. Stanley Torres sponsored the bill, and it received recommended approval by the House Judiciary Committee on February 7, 2012. Bus and taxi drivers can expect their fines to double.
Guam already prohibits texting while driving, and it has now banned handheld mobile phone use by drivers. Senator Tom Ada was instrumental in filing the Guam distracted driving legislation where it was voted unanimously on February 17, 2012. Fines can run anywhere from $100 for a first offense to $1,000. Offenders can also lose their license if an accident is caused by distracted driving.
Bermuda Texting Laws
Bermuda has illegalized the use of handheld cell phones and other wireless devices while driving. During the first month of the new law, police officers wrote more than 100 tickets. Fines can run anywhere from $500 to $1,000. The measure was approved on December 2, 2011. In 2003, the United Kingdom prohibited the use of cell phones while driving. Bermuda also sees a dangerous phenomenon of the use of cell phones while on bikes, and they figure it’s just a matter of time before a serious accident or death results from this.
Cayman Islands Texting Laws
Legislators in the Cayman Islands approved a new traffic ordinance on November 20, 2011. The law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while driving and requires hands-free instruments to be used with only one button. The ruling targets texting while driving. If a driver is stopped in a traffic jam or at a traffic light, they can use their cell phones. Careless driving laws are used against drivers who use their cell phone, and they endanger the life of others.
Abu Dhabi Texting Laws
One of the places with the highest rate of road fatalities is located in Emirate of Abu Dhabi. During a three-day outage of Blackberry messaging service, the police reported a 40 percent decline in traffic accidents. People have begun to realize the dangers of using their cell phone when driving on the road.
The Philippines Texting Laws
Filipino legislators have ruled distracted driving to be a punishable violation along with endangering the life of others while driving. Sagada and Roxas City already have laws in place for texting and talking on the phone while driving.
Trinidad and Tobago Texting Laws
On February 2, 2011, Trinidad and Tobago prohibited the use of cell phones. The bill was approved by the Cabinet in October of 2010, where it proceeded to Parliament. Fines can run around $235.