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A combo photograph from the radar video shows the car climbing on to the pavement with the driver on his phone. Image Credit: Courtesy: Sharjah Police

Sharjah: Sharjah Police is out to educate motorists on the dangers of talking over the phone while driving.

Drawing from actual incidents that have occurred on Sharjah roads, the police warned motorists on the dangers of distracted driving.

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Captain Saud Al Shaiba, Director of Traffic Awareness and Traffic Media Branch, told Gulf News that using mobile phone can be more distracting than you think.

One motorist in Sharjah recently learnt his lesson the hard way. The footage captured by the radar showed how the accident occurred by distracted driving. In the video, the motorist is seen driving his golden Honda Accord on Safeer Mall Road. Busy on this phone, the driver loses control of the steering, climbs on to the pavement and crashes into the radar. The car finally settles on the pavement. The front of the car was damaged in addition to the damages caused to the radar.

Police was moved to the site and reviewed the footage where the driver confessed. The driver was fined Dh800 in addition to four black points for using a mobile phone while driving. He will also be responsible for paying the cost of the damages to public property, which will be estimated by a committee.

Captain Saud Al Shaiba said the reckless drivers had been either caught by traffic officers or on cameras on various roads across the emirate. The motorists were caught either talking or texting on phones, taking pictures or shooting videos with their hand-held devices while driving.

Troubling data
The latest statistics released by the Ministry of Interior showed that more than 186,600 motorists have been fined for using mobile phones while behind the wheel during the past two years in the UAE.
Police departments in UAE recorded 96,894 mobile phone violations in 2019 as compared to 89,712 in 2018.
Dubai: 39,917 violations
Abu Dhabi: 36,917 violations
Sharjah: 11,550 violations
Ajman: 7,119 violations
Ras Al Khaimah: 1,172 violations
Fujairah: 438 violations
Umm Al Quwain: 281 violations