The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) High Command has noted the recent concerns raised by members of the public regarding the issuance of traffic tickets for the use of electronic devices while driving. We understand the importance of ensuring road safety and minimizing distractions, which is why the Road Traffic Act (2018) was enacted. However, we also recognize the need for clarity and fairness in the enforcement of this law.

Since February 1, 2023, the JCF, through the commission of the Road Traffic Act (2018), has been empowered to issue traffic tickets to individuals using cellular phones and other electronic devices while driving. This initiative aims to enhance road safety and reduce crashes caused by driver distraction.

However, we have received several complaints about instances where motorists have been ticketed under circumstances that do not constitute a violation of the law. These include:

  • Having a cell phone in a lap, pocket, passenger seat, or middle compartment.
  • Using a phone after pulling off the road and stopping the vehicle.
  • Having a phone mounted on the dashboard for navigation purposes.

 In response to these concerns, the JCF High Command has issued detailed guidance to our members to ensure that traffic tickets are issued only in situations that align with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act (2018).


  • Drivers should only be prosecuted if the device is seen in their hands or if they are actively engaging with the device (e.g., dialling, texting, watching videos).
  • Drivers can be prosecuted if using a device while in a live traffic lane, even if stopped at a light.
  • Mounted devices displaying live images can also lead to prosecution.

 We want to assure the public that we are committed to fair and just enforcement of the law. The JCF High Command has taken immediate steps to rectify any misapplications through internal communications and guidance to our personnel. JCF Members who fail to adhere to these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary actions.

 The JCF remains dedicated to promoting road safety and protecting all road users through collaboration with our partners. We encourage the public to continue to adhere to traffic laws and to be responsible when engaging with electronic devices.

 For further information, please contact the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch at (876) 928-1162 or via email at