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Saudi traffic department: Using a cell phone while vehicle is static at lights not a violation

A policeman directs traffic in Asir, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
JEDDAH: The Saudi General Department of Traffic (GDT) has clarified that using a cell phone with earpieces or external speakers while driving is not considered a traffic violation.

The GDT added that using the mobile while the vehicle is completely static at traffic lights is not a traffic violation either, according to Al-Masdar news website.

The GDT had announced last week that it would soon implement a new mechanism for monitoring the violations of using the mobiles and not fastening the seatbelts through the use of special cameras.

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