Many people die on roads in Saudi Arabia due to the negligence of one of the driver's involved. The major cause of traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia is using mobile while driving. This is the reason, the Saudi government has imposed fine of using mobile while driving.
If a driver uses a cell phone while driving, it increases the chances of an accident by at least 10 times. As per my personal experience, I observe every third driver talking on the mobile phone or using it for chatting while driving. This behavior of drivers must be condemned at every level.
How much fine for using a mobile while driving?
If anyone is caught using a mobile phone while driving, he will be fined with SR 150 in the first instance. The fine may increase to SR300 and the violator may be detained for 24 hours.
Traffic Police have set up cameras on all the main roads in the major metropolitan cities of Saudi Arabia to detect the violation of people using the mobile phone while driving.
People who are caught using mobile phones while traveling will be sent a message to their registered mobile phone number. If traffic police decide to impose a Jail term on any traffic violator, he will be communicated through SMS.
They have to report to the traffic police department to spend 24 hours in Jail. If they don’t report to the traffic police department even after receiving 3 messages from traffic police department, all their MOI services will be canceled.
Ministry of Interior has stated that they have already canceled the services of many expatriates and citizens living in Saudi Arabia.
Is it allowed to Use a Mobile Phone on a Traffic Signal?
However, it is important to mention here that Using Mobile Phone on a Traffic Signal is not considered a traffic violation. A few months ago, traffic police implemented a new rule according to which Crossing Red light results in 24 Hours Jail.
When traffic police started following the violators, the violation rate fell significantly. If you want to discourage the use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia, you need to take two steps.
Create awareness among the youngsters and punish the violators. Just punishing the violators will not serve the objectives unless the public realizes itself about the importance of safe driving. Many families have suffered irreparable losses due to this fatal practice. May Allah keep all of us safe!
Source: Arab News