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MOI tells drivers to hang up phones, or face warnings

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The Ministry of Interior has launched an awareness campaign to get drivers to hang up their mobile phones while on the road.

Although the practice is common place, it is illegal under Qatar law to talk or SMS while driving, and can incur a QR500 fine.

This month, traffic patrols will flag drivers caught texting or talking on the phone and warn them of the dangers of doing so.

They will not, however, be handing out fines just yet.

The idea is to first blanket Doha with a media and education campaign about not using phones while driving, and then enforce the law next month, an MOI spokesman told Doha News.

He added that the ministry is still working out how it will enforce the law.

The MOI previously used a video campaign to try to tackle the widespread use of mobile phones on the roads, which are a major cause of collisions in Doha.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk9yeE1sY1I?rel=0]

What do you think?

What will it take to get people to just hang up and drive?

Credit: Photo by Lisa Padilla

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