Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Telephone-wielding drivers beware!

Last week my car license was due for renewal. The required documents were submitted, along with the car, but I was informed that there were 2 violations for driving while using a mobile phone. It is unlikely that the "sinner" could be me, as I have a hands-free phone, but of course it could have been some other member of the family who was driving the car. The point is, traffic police are out and about recording mobile-phone violations, and they are not required to stop you.

However, a question also arises, are the authorities simply imposing a fine on all drivers, knowing how serious the mobile phone problem is? After all, how many of us can honestly say, we never use our mobile phones while we're driving?

Thankfully our "sins were committed" in September and October, before the new penalties were imposed, so JD30 was duly paid, and my car was re-licensed.


Blogger joladies said...

I think you've highlighted a major flaw in Jordan - the seeming inability to enforce the law. Fining a driver for using his mobile is OK, and then if he is willing and able to pay the fine, he is allowed to continue talking/messaging while behind the wheel. Isn't the same true of the so called zoning regulations? Anyone can violate them, pay a fine and do what he pleases. No one should be allowed to violate zoning regualations for any 'price' and continued use of a mobile phone after a few tickets should result in the driver losing his license. ASH

Wednesday, January 23, 2008  
Blogger Amman Voice said...

We need order and awareness before implementation of any Traffic Regulations. This is nonsense, they have these monitoring cameras just because we like to say we use "technology".

We see many many drivesr use their cell phones while driving. I bet, if we made a survey we will be surprised how many drivers use their phones while driving.

That goes for every single traffic violation, wrong way, double parking, speed, etc.

They have to be objective and not subjective.

Thursday, January 31, 2008  

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