The use of cell-phones while driving can also be detected by the cameras

Traffic authorities to also fine for non-wearing of seat belt using new cameras

The use of seat belts can also be identified by the cameras, with fines issued to drivers who fail to use them.

Saudi Arabia’s Directorate General of Traffic (Muroor) is set to step up its crackdown on the use of mobile phones while driving.

Saudi Gazette reports that the kingdom’s traffic authority has installed special cameras on roads that shall be able to electronically detect drivers using mobile phones.

The traffic authority said drivers who touch a mobile fine while driving will be fined SR150 for the first offence. That fine could be raised to SR300, and the motorist may be detained for 24 hours under the new ruling.

The use of seat belts can also be detected by the cameras, with fines issued to drivers who fail to use them. Saudi Gazette stated that a study by King Abdullah Medical Research Center in Riyadh last year showed that almost 14 percent of drivers use mobile phones.

 

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