Eating while driving? Spare SR150 for fine

Updated 17 December 2015
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Eating while driving? Spare SR150 for fine

RIYADH: The Traffic Directorate has announced a fine of SR150 for people caught eating or drinking beverages while driving.
The Makkah daily quoted traffic authorities as saying that eating and drinking behind the steering wheel were, alongside the use of cell phones, among the violations in the category of the driver’s preoccupation with other matters that distract focus on the road.
Traffic authorities have, in the past, launched awareness campaigns to draw people’s attention toward dangers of getting distracted while driving.
Despite deadly accidents because of such distracting activities, many drivers have not changed their ways.
According to studies, drivers lose up to 40 percent of their attention when they eat or drink and have serious issues keeping their vehicles moving straight.
Those who eat and drive increase the odds of an accident by 80 percent, said a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, released this year.
The study found out that 65 percent of near-miss accidents were caused by distracted drivers.
The figures indicate that eating or drinking while driving is more dangerous than texting.
Coffee, says the study, tops the list of the most dangerous foods and beverages.
Meanwhile, the traffic authorities have stopped the Basher system to record traffic violations. Maj. Abdullah bin Hassan Al-Zahrani, director of the Traffic Department, has notified all traffic departments in the Kingdom to stop the Basher system. This system recorded traffic violations with an electronic system to accelerate procedures.


Saudi king arrives in Egypt on official visit

Updated 23 February 2019
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Saudi king arrives in Egypt on official visit

  • King Salman will head the Saudi delegation at the EU-Arab states summit
  • Ways to strengthen Saudi-Egyptian ties will be discussed during the king’s visit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Egypt Saturday on an official visit, during which he will attend the EU-Arab Summit, the Saudi Press Agency reported.  

The king will head the Saudi delegation at the summit, which is due to be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. 

The two-day summit is billed as a starting point for the Arab League and the EU to boost cooperation on shared strategic priorities including migration, security and climate change.

Economic development, the Palestinian question, and the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen are also up for discussion.

The king's visit is a response to an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who will host the two-day summit.

Ways to strengthen Saudi-Egyptian ties will be discussed during the visit.