18 Feb 2020

Cook Islands moves to ban cellphones while driving

10:48 am on 18 February 2020

Using a cell phone while driving is set to be banned in the Cook Islands, where a New Transport Amendment Bill is being drafted.

A portrait of a woman  using cellphone inside a car, taken from behind

Photo: 123RF

The Cook Islands News reports wearing headphones while driving could also be outlawed.

Prime Minister Henry Puna reportedly wants the bill ready for consideration by Parliament next month.

His government is also likely to propose reducing the legal breath alcohol limit for drivers, bringing it into line with limits in New Zealand and Australia.

Saftey helmets could also become compulsory for motorbike riders but police reportedly want cyclists to have to wear them as well.