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Using mobile phone while driving

Mobile phone-related road violations fall after zero-tolerance policies

September 1, 2013 5:17 by

This year, there has been a decline in the number of motorists using mobile phones while driving in Dubai.

The emirate’s police force issued 20,772 tickets to violators in the first six months of 2013, a drop from 23,473 during the same period last year.

As Dubai works towards its goal of having zero road-related deaths by the year 2020, there is no shortage of awareness campaigns and increasingly stringent laws to deter traffic violators, which can explain the recent decrease in violations.

However, the emirate’s traffic police chief says, despite the positive decline, the laws will not be made lenient.

“This decline does not mean that we are relaxing our laws. We will not tolerate such serious offences which often result in disastrous accidents,” says Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen.

“I affirm, again, that police in Dubai will in no way tolerate or forgive anyone who commits this offence.”

Motorists using their mobile phones while driving will face a AED200 fine and four black points will be added to their traffic record, according to Article No.135 of the Traffic Act.

Earlier this month, it was reported that tailgating, speeding, general negligence and lack of lane discipline were among the main causes of 1,600 traffic accidents during the recent Eid Al-Fitr weekend in Dubai.

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