The RCIPS continues its efforts to ensure road safety through enforcement. Since 11 August, officers have been targeting motorists using mobile phones while driving, and in the month of September issued over 150 tickets for this offense.
However, despite enforcement efforts, officers continue to see a large number of people using phones while driving. Officers have also noticed a significant increase in the number of vehicles with what appears to be illegal tint, which also poses a safety concern around visibility, particularly at night. Checks will be made on any vehicle that appears to have illegal tint and anyone found to be in contravention of the law will be ticketed.
The RCIPS would like to remind motorists that the legal tint limits are 35% on the two front windows and 15% on all other windows with the exception of the front windscreen which should have only a six-inch strip, at the top (at any percentage). Tickets for tint violation start at $150 and repeat offenders will be warned for intended prosecution and sent to court where, on conviction, are liable to a greater fine.
“Over October we will continue to focus on mobile phone usage while driving, while also targeting persons with illegal tint,” says Acting Superintendent Brad Ebanks. “We continue to encourage all road users to drive safely and avoid unnecessary fines by ensuring their vehicles are roadworthy. It’s not only your safety but the safety of other road users that is at stake every time you operate your vehicle in an unsafe manner. We thank all those members of the public who prioritise safe driving behaviours every time they get behind the wheel of their vehicle”.