Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Antigua to make texting and applying makeup illegal while driving

If you need to apply eyeliner or mascara or send a text, you'll be better off doing that before you get into your car in Antigua and Barbuda. 

On Thursday, a new bill was passed in the Lower House of Parliament that will make it illegal to text while driving and also applying makeup as the Vehicles and Road Traffic Act was amended. 

Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin said the police are concerned that many traffic collisions are caused by distracted drivers.

He said that all over the country people are seen driving with telephones in their hands with one hand steering.

Under the new bill, the police will also be authorized to use breathalyzer tests to determine if someone was driving under the influence of alcohol.

The bill has to be approved by the Senate and published in the Gazette before the changes take effect.