Saudi traffic cameras nearly ready for use in enforcing mobile phone ban while driving

Using a phone while driving is currently one of the main factors behind accidents. (AN photo)
Updated 06 November 2017
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Saudi traffic cameras nearly ready for use in enforcing mobile phone ban while driving

JEDDAH: The Traffic Directorate in the Kingdom said that it is almost done installing cameras that monitor drivers on their phone or who are not wearing a seat belt.

The director general of traffic in the Kingdom, Col. Mohammed Al-Bassami, told Al-Hayat that “using a phone while driving is currently one of the main factors behind accidents in the Kingdom, and may be the second after speed. Even if the causes are numerous, using a phone while driving remains the most dangerous one, and rates vary among regions.”

Al-Bassami said that drivers posting videos of themselves on social media while driving is considered “proof that they are using the phone while driving, giving the Traffic Directorate the right to give them tickets, as it is considered as a threat to public safety.”


Crown prince honors winners of horse race in Riyadh

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presents the trophy to the winner of the horse racing competition in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Crown prince honors winners of horse race in Riyadh

  • The event was held at the King Abdul Aziz Racetrack in Janadriyah

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presided over the ceremony of the Equestrian Club’s Grand Annual Horse Race in Riyadh on Friday night.
The event was held at the King Abdul Aziz Racetrack in Janadriyah.
Upon his arrival at King Abdul Aziz Equestrian Center, he was received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, chairman of board of directors of the Equestrian Club, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of interior and a number of officials. 
Trophies were presented to Hassan Issa Al-Buainain, who rode a horse named “Al-Nashas” to a first place finish in the race for locally bred horses, and another to Abdurrahman Al-Makhdhoub, who rode “Hipo” to victory in the contest for imported horses.