Saudi Arabia witnessed over 161,242 accidents annually due to the use of mobile phones while driving, according to statistics by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).
SASO said that airbags reduce the death rate by 12% and seatbelts reduce death rate between 40% and 60%.
Airbags provide protection during head-on collisions or rear-end collisions. Seatbelts provide protection in case of side collisions. SASO said that it has made some safety systems compulsory in vehicles as of 2018 models. These include airbags for driver and front seat passenger, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Brake Override System (BOS), electronic stability control (ESC), and tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS), among others.
Apart from these, SASO has introduced, updated and approved several Saudi standards and specifications related to vehicles. Last year the authorities banned the use of mobile phones while driving.
Even touching the mobile phone while driving will be considered a traffic violation for which motorists will be fined SR150 for the first offence.
The fine may increase to SR300 and the violator may be detained for 24 hours.
Source: Saudi Gazette