By Gavin Gibbon
Abu Dhabi Police clamping down on dangerous driving with latest warning
Motorists in Abu Dhabi have been warned that playing games on a mobile phone while driving will not be tolerated.
In the latest campaign to target distracted driving in the emirate, Abu Dhabi Police have said those caught playing games while at the wheel will face a fine of AED800 and be slapped with four black points.
#توعية | حذرت #شرطة_أبوظبي السائقين من الانشغال بألعاب الهواتف المتحركة أثناء قيادة المركبات
وحثت على القيادة الآمنة حفاظاً على السلامة العامة.#رسائل_توعوية#awareness_messages #roadsafety pic.twitter.com/HcvU34qgro— شرطة أبوظبي (@ADPoliceHQ) December 27, 2019
Use of mobile phones was identified as the leading cause of distraction among motorists who cause serious accidents, according to an online survey conducted by the UAE Ministry of Interior earlier this year.
In the survey, 71.4 percent of respondents chose the use of mobile phones while driving as the main reason drivers are being distracted on the roads.
The traffic authorities recorded 88,619 mobile phone violations committed by drivers across the UAE in 2018 - an average of 243 offences per day. A total of 323,102 mobile phone offences were registered during the last three years across the UAE.
Distractions while driving claimed the lives of 59 people in 438 accidents across the UAE in 2018, according to the UAE traffic authorities.