28 Dec 2009

Samoans to be banned from using mobiles when driving within weeks

2:36 pm on 28 December 2009

Drivers in Samoa are likely to have the use of mobiles in cars and other vehicles banned within a short time.

Cabinet decided just before Christmas to introduce a change to traffic regulations that will stop drivers from answering and making a call as well as writing, sending or reading a text message.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the police have not linked serious accidents to mobile use, so the move is unexpected.

But he says it could be in force before people return to work:

"The new regulation will become effective after 14 days after the Head of State will endorse it. I think from now on it's up to the Head of State when he will endorse the law and if he is going to endorse it next week then this means we are going to start the new regulation before the New Year."

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia