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Mobile phone jammers should be mandatory in GCC cars, Doha officials

Doha’s Central Municipal Council says the use of mobile phones caused a significant number of road accidents, including fatalities

Mobile phone jammers should be mandatory in GCC cars, Doha officials
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Mobile phone jammers should be made mandatory for all cars sold in the GCC to prevent phones being used in moving vehicles, Doha’s Central Municipal Council (CMC) has recommended.

The council said using mobile phones caused a significant percentage of road accidents, including fatal, Gulf Times reported.

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in all GCC states but phone jammers would ensure the law was not broken.

However, it is not clear whether the technology also would affect the phones of passengers.

Qatar was on track to record its worse year on record for fatal road accidents last year, with 25 deaths in November, following 24 in October, according to figures released by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics (MDPS).

The city council also recommended the Public Works Authority improve traffic safety when designing and implementing road works – a common feature in Doha as the city expands to accommodate the burgeoning population, which grew by 200,000 last year.

An independent firm should be hired to follow up the operation and maintenance of roads to ensure safety standards are maintained, the council also said.

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