About 4,429 motorists were booked for speaking over mobile phones while driving in the third quarter of the year as compared to 1,990 last year.
As many as 308,014 motorists were booked for violating the speed limit in Sharjah during the third quarter of 2013. In the same quarter last year, only 181,725 offences were registered, the Sharjah Police said.
Major Abdul Rahman Mohammed Khater, head of traffic awareness, Sharjah Traffic and Patrols Police, noted that discipline lane violations were recorded at 37,645, as compared to 24,327 that were issued last year. He said 11,218 motorists were issued tickets for not wearing the seat belt.
He said the number of motorists jumping the signal has surged to 10,301, compared to 1,128 last year. About 4,429 motorists were booked for speaking over mobile phones while driving as compared to 1,990 last year. Violations regarding leaving safe distance between vehicles registered a significant drop from 2,822 to only 265, thanks to extensive awareness campaigns aimed at educating road users to respect traffic laws.
Five people were killed, while six sustained serious injuries, 26 moderate injuries and 13 minor injuries, in the 50 accidents in the third quarter of 2013. In the same period last year, 11 people were killed in 36 accidents.