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Hand Held Phone Drivers Being Targeted in Abu Dhabi

Middle East : 14 March 2010

As GCC traffic week begins police in Abu Dhabi and throughout the UAE are intent on targeting drivers who use their cell-phones while driving. Another recent report has confirmed older research that has already proven that driving while talking on your phone diminishes your concentration levels by up to 50%.

Abu Dhabi Police Traffic Control has recently confirmed that they will be increasing their patrols to catch individuals who are talking on mobile phones while driving. It is now widely undisputed that this is a major cause of accidents often resulting in fatalities or severe injury.

The Traffic Directorate in Abu Dhabi is also beginning an awareness campaign to try to re-educate road users that the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving can reduce concentration, reaction times and overall safety.

It is not only the use of phone while behind the wheel that the Awareness campaign would like to see changed but also people rummaging in their bags or their pockets for a ringing phone while they are trying to maneuver through busy traffic conditions.

The Director of the Metropolitan Traffic Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police has also said that the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving causes delays in traffic and results in traffic congestion. This is also caused by reading and sending text messages.

So it appears that from today onwards traffic patrols will be issuing violation tickets on all highways and inside streets to anyone caught wielding a mobile phone behind the wheel.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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