A 39-year-old general worker, who was caught using his cellular phone while driving, has become the first casualty of the recently amended Road Traffic Act.
And for failing to comply with the new law, Troy Eon Goddard, of Ashbury, St George, had to immediately part with $1,000.
Goddard was driving along Constitution Road, St Michael around 8:10 a.m. Friday, headed in the direction of the Mencea Cox Roundabout, when he was spotted by a police officer holding the electronic device to his left ear and communicating.
He was stopped after he made the right turn onto the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s playing field where the officer informed him of his observation and requested Goddard’s name and address.
“I gine give you,” the first time offender responded at the time. However, he did not follow through, despite several requests by the policeman.
He was then told that he could be arrested for failing to provide the information, to which he reportedly answered: “Arrest me then!”
The officer complied and Goddard found himself before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court this afternoon, charged under the amended Act, which took full effect on Wednesday.
“You very bold so early in the morning to tell the police, ‘arrest me then’”, Bannister said in chastising Goddard.
The magistrate also made it clear to the accused that despite his guilty plea, his sentence must serve as a deterrent to other would-be offenders.
He then imposed the $1,000 forthwith fine that carried an alternative 100-day prison sentence. The money was paid.
However, Goddard was given until February 27 to pay an additional $400 fine for failing to give his name and address to the officer. If he fails to settle that debt with the Crown, he will have to spend 40 days at HMP Dodds.