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DUBAI – According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), you are four times more likely to crash if you do this in the UAE.
What is it? Using a mobile phone while driving.
Distracted driving led to dozens of deaths in the UAE last year, prompting the UAE Federal Traffic Council to launch a three-month road safety campaign earlier this year.
According to records, distracted driving caused 438 accidents that killed 59 people and injured 495 others last year.
Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, head of the UAE Federal Traffic Council, said most of the common distracted behaviours by motorists include using their mobile phones, eating, reading, fixing their headgear, applying make-up or smoking while driving.
“Such behaviour causes serious accidents that result in death, injuries and financial losses,” Al Zafein said in a previous media briefing.
Motorists who are caught using mobile phones while driving or being distracted on the road will be fined Dh800 and also given four black points on their traffic file.
“Avoid distractions while driving. Snap out before it’s too late,” the Roads and Transport Authority reminded in an SMS. ICA/Expat Media
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