Qatar clamps down on car phone users

A new law, set to be passed in Qatar later this month, will ban the use of mobile phones while driving in an attempt to cut down on accidents.

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By  Alex Marklew Published  March 20, 2001

New traffic laws in Qatar will soon ban the use of mobile phones while driving.

The law, currently under “active consideration” in Doha, is expected to be passed in the near future, according to Lt Col Mohamed Abdullah al-Malki, head of planning, safety and radars at the Traffic Department.

“Using the phone with only one hand on the wheel could divert the attention of the driver,” he said.

“Even a momentary distraction could sometimes prove very expensive in terms of life and limbs.”

Under the proposed law, drivers caught using mobile phones could be fined up to US$82.

Qatar’s roads are already among the safest in the region, with only 0.72 serious or fatal accidents per 1,000 people last year.

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