Don't risk talking on phone while driving

Driver training manuals are updated constantly, yet old, dangerous habits behind the wheel don't seem to go away.



Published: Wed 21 Sep 2016, 8:20 PM

Last updated: Wed 21 Sep 2016, 10:22 PM

Multi-tasking on the roads could put lives of motorists and other users at risk. In-creasing fines from the current Dh200 to Dh1,000 could be a deterrent once it is implemented. Enforcement of the law is key here, which is why we are calling for more police patrols to catch offenders. Federal authorities have also recommended seizure of vehicles of those who use their phones while driving, and 12 black points, up from the current four. As one of our subscribers said in a mail, it's about changing mindsets, and attitudes. In-deed, what's needed is a new attitude for safe driving. Defensive driving is being taught in driving schools, but it seems few drivers take the lessons seriously. New drivers are also warned about distractions and trained how to focus on the road and the flow of traffic.
Driver training manuals are updated constantly, yet old, dangerous habits behind the wheel don't seem to go away. The urge to stay connected is making drivers lose focus. They check their smartphones for messages and mails; they dial friends, contact clients, all while taking their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road. In Dubai last year, police recorded 49,643 cases of motorists using their phones. That's why we're putting the focus back on phone-free driving. It could save your life.


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