Jamaica Observer / ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — The Grenada police Monday said it would enforce regulations that would allow for drivers to pay fines of up to EC$5,000 (US$1,850) if they are caught using a mobile device while driving. Head of the Traffic Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force, ASP Linford Kingston, said motorists could have an option of paying EC$150 (US$55) for a ticket instead of going to court where the maximum fine is EC$5,000.

“Failure to pay the ticket within 31 days will result in the matter going to the magistrate court where the penalty will be fines and jail time,” said Kingston, noting that the amendment to the Road Traffic Regulations was approved in both Houses of Parliament last year and came into effect on February 1 this year.

The law also provides for a breathalyser test to be administered to drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The legislation also makes provision for demerit points to be instituted against a motorist and Kingston said that once a person is convicted, four points will automatically deducted.

“When the points reach 14, a warning is issued to the driver and once it reaches 18 points that driver’s license will be suspended for three months,” he said.

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