Published: 2019-12-09 13:16
Last Updated: 2019-12-09 14:15
A poll conducted by Roya has shown that 85% of Jordanians support intensifying penalties against those who use their mobile phones while driving. However, 15% were against intensifying penalties.
During a special interview on Roya's "Donya Ya Donya" program, President of the Jordanian Society for the Prevention of Road Accidents (JSPRA), Wafai Imsis said that using the mobile phone while driving would distract the driver.
He added that around 1,600,000 traffic accidents occurred in the world during the past year, as a result of using mobile phones while driving.
For his part, Director of the Central Traffic Department (CTD) at the Public Security Directorate (PSD), Salem Al-Shammasin said that the rate of losing concentration while having phone calls using headphones or bluetooth is equal to the rate of direct use of the phone.
Shammasin stressed that if the driver was driving his vehicle at a speed of 60km/h and was busy using the phone for one second, the vehicle would move a distance of 17 meters without a driver. However, if the driver was busy using his phone for two seconds, the vehicle would move a distance of 54 meters without a driver.
He pointed out that the use of mobile phones while driving makes drivers more vulnerable to road accidents and more distracted.