Saudi Arabia’s Directorate General of Traffic (Muroor) is set to step up its crackdown on the use of mobile phones while driving.
The kingdom’s traffic authority has installed special cameras on roads that will be able to electronically detect drivers using mobile phones, Saudi Gazette reports.
The traffic authority said drivers who touch a mobile fine while driving will be fined SR150 for the first offence. That fine could increase to SR300, and the motorist may be detained for 24 hours under the new ruling.
The use of seat belts can also be detected by the cameras, with fines issued to drivers who fail to use them.
Saudi Gazette said that a study by King Abdullah Medical Research Center in Riyadh last year showed that almost 14 percent of drivers use mobile phones.
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