General Presidency of Two Holy Mosques Affairs to Implement Precautionary Measures to Ensure Safety of Umrah Performers    Rapid COVID-19 tests that give results 'in minutes' to be rolled out in poorer countries    EU, UK positions on withdrawal agreement remains far apart    Amman Stock Market Rises    ‘Legitimate concerns' must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation    Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Cross 33.26 Million, Death Toll at 1,000,010    Asian Stock Markets Fall    Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Takes Measures to Support Private Sector in Face of Challenges    Weather Forecast for Tuesday    King AbdulAziz: The greatest of all Arab kings    Saudi Tourism Development Fund signs SR160bn agreement for tourism projects    Saudi Arabia, UK seek to boost cooperation in education sector    Saudi anti-graft authority, INTERPOL seek to boost bilateral cooperation    Bahrain lauds Saudi security authorities' efficiency, vigilance    Africa's COVID-19 confirmed cases pass 1.46 mln    Dubai's ruler invites citizens and expats to help shape UAE's future    KSRelief signs $15 million deal with IOM for Yemen projects    ARTCELS and HOFA Gallery present Banksy exhibition ‘Catch Me If You Can'    On Behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Minister of Health Receives Final Communique of Science Group Summit: Foresight for Navigating Critical Transitions (S20)    World Heart Federation says perfect storm for heart disease created by COVID-19    How do you prepare and approach your priorities?    Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property Board Approves Registry of Family Names, as Trademarks    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading higher, at 8334.65 Points    Artist Mohamed Ibrahim to represent UAE at Venice Biennale 2022    Saudi Arabia celebrates 20th anniversary of first Olympic medal Hadi Souan 400m hurdles silver medal at Sydney 2000 celebrated during week of events to mark Saudi 90th National Day    Saudi Arabia's first-ever women's golf event announces unique November double-header    KAUST first Middle Eastern university to join world-class UIDP    SAGO Receives 1st Shipment of Wheat Produced by SALIC Abroad    270 repatriation flights from UAE for Indians next month    Saudi Aramco: World's First Blue Ammonia Shipment Opens New Route to Sustainable Future    Pepsi Deccan Knights lifts CSG T10 Boom Cup    Saudi Study on Hereditary Causes of Serious Coronavirus' Cases, Published in Recognized World Class Science Magazine    Saudi Al-Ahli Qualifies for the Quarter Finals of AFC Championships 2020    S. P. Bala, legendary Indian singer, dead at 74    Former Australia batsman Dean Jones dies aged 59    Happy National Day 90    Roma given defeat by Serie A for using ineligible player    AlUla Date Festival to Launch Next Month    Every work has its fruits, so choose wisely    Wydad appeal over CAF 2019 Champions' final dismissed by CAS    Saudi Youths Transfer Saudi Arabia's Culture via Animation Production    Saudi Scholarship Program to Promote Football Talents, abroad, Co-sign Accord with Spanish Real Sociedad    Saudi Films' Festival virtual Events Continued    Mediation center contributes to 22% decrease in divorces    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Addresses Citizens and Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Motorists urged to hold the wheel, not the phone
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 05 - 04 - 2012

Saudi Gazette
It is not uncommon to see motorists in the Kingdom talking on their mobile phones while driving and getting preoccupied with other things instead of fully concentrating on the road. Commentator Suleiman Al-Nahabi has called such dangerous habits “a sword with one edge” as these can cost lives.
One young man acknowledges the dangers associated with driving while talking on the phone. Abdulmohsen Al-Brahim said, “I rely on my smartphone for conducting business, checking up on my family at home, and staying in touch with my relatives and friends. I use my phone at almost all times, but I have a strict rule when it comes to using my phone in the car: I rarely talk on the phone when I am driving. If there is an urgent need to call someone, I usually slowly stop at the side of the road to complete my phone call. Talking on the mobile phone while driving has been the culprit behind one too many fatal car accidents.”
“Talking, chatting and surfing the Web via mobile devices have taken up almost all of the younger generation's free time. Teenage boys witness their fathers talking on the phone while driving, and these boys will most probably do the same when they have their own cars. Unfortunately, talking on the phone while driving has become a common trend in the Kingdom,” said Yousef Suleiman.
Yousef's brother, Nawaf, has also observed that “social gatherings, lunch with family and extended relatives, and hanging out with friends have all lost their meaning and purpose because each person is so distracted by his own mobile phone that people don't even talk to each other anymore. Sometimes reading text messages, sending e-mails and chatting with faraway friends take precedence over genuinely listening to your family members who are in the same room as you.”
“The Internet and smartphones have shortened distances and allowed friends and relatives from distant countries to keep in touch and to maintain close relationships. However, these devices should not take the place of personal communication with your immediate family and should not be used when driving,” said another Saudi national, Ali Al-Hamad.
Dr. Nahida Al-Zuheir, who is especially concerned about the safety of children on the road, has launched a campaign in the Kingdom to address the alarming trend. The “Protect Them” campaign aims to educate the public on the dangers and fatalities that could result from motorists' preoccupation with their mobile phones while driving.
“Studies show that 25 percent of all motor accidents in Saudi Arabia in the past two years were caused by talking on the mobile phone while driving,” said Dr. Al-Zuheir.
The World Health Organization had conducted a study assessing the road traffic knowledge and behavior of drivers in the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. With a random sample of 2,469 drivers from Dammam, Al-Khobar, Qateef and Jubail, the study found that 52 percent of the respondents had been involved in previous road traffic accidents. Although 75 percent were seatbelt compliants, 60 percent used mobile phones while driving.
Concerned citizens are calling for the stricter implementation of laws in order to catch and penalize errant drivers for using their mobile phones irresponsibly while on the road. __

Clic here to read the story from its source.