Friday 16 November, 2018

Driver with cellphone had to pay up immediately

One thousand dollars forthwith!

The first person to become a victim of the law prohibiting the use of a cellphone while driving, had to pay a hefty fine yesterday.

Troy Eon Goddard, 39, of Ashbury St. George appeared in the District A Traffic court before Magistrate Graveney Bannister where he pleaded guilty to the charge.

According to details, Goddard was driving his motor van along Constitution Road yesterday at 8:10 a.m.  when he was spotted using the device.

The charge states that Goddard "did operate a vehicle on a road while at the same time using a cellular telephone that is capable of receiving or transmitting telephone communication, electronic data or text messages".

The law falls under Regulation 148 subsection (1) of Road Traffic (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

Goddard was also charged for not giving name and address to police when asked to do so.

He entered another guilty plea to this offence.

The 39-year-old had to pay $1000 forthwith for the cellphone offence which carried an alternative 100-day prison term. The fine was paid.

The magistrate said it was a deterrent sentence to others.

For failing to give his name and address to police he was fined  $400 to be paid on or about Tuesday, February 27.

The alternative is 40 days in prison.