We love our mobiles phones, but there are times were we need to quit our handheld connection to the world. Examples of when to stow your phone include while braving a bungee jump, mid-meditation and when we’re driving.
However the message still hasn’t reached everyone (should we send it as a text) and in the last three months, more than 12,000 fines were slapped on people using their phones behind the wheel.
Dubai Police issued 12,257 traffic fines to drivers flouting the phone ban between January and March this year, compared to 16,090 during the same period in 2017.
The offence, which police say is one of the main reasons for traffic accidents, attracts a fine of AED 800 and four black points on your driving licence.
Colonel Gomaa Salem bin Suwaidan, Acting Director General of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, called on road users to adhere to traffic rules. He added that many drivers do not realise that the use of the phone while driving poses a threat to their lives and the lives of others. Well, now you do.