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)
Updated 19 November 2017
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Saudi traffic department: Using a cell phone while vehicle is static at lights not a violation

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.


Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

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Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

JEDDAH: Visitors flocked to Saudi Arabia’s 11th International Honey Festival in the southwestern region of Baha.
The attendees and participants praised the festival’s events and the variety of honey products featured at the exhibition.
The exhibition also attracted visitors from outside the region, who were interested in participating in the festival.
Visitors, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), described how they enjoyed all the exhibitions included in the festival, praising the success they had witnessed and the festival’s various attracting events.
The festival has greatly contributed to boosting local tourism.
The festival aims to help beekeepers promote their products in a professional manner and is also financially rewarding.
It also offers vacationers an opportunity to purchase honey from authentic sellers.
The festival is considered the most prominent for honey producers and apiarists in the Middle East.
It also falls in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to propel Saudi Arabia as a main producer of honey both regionally and internationally.
It also aims to develop the industry for nutritional and medicinal purposes.