Motorists highlight misuse of

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

LIFE in the UAE has been blissful with ubiquitous technology morphing everyday life into a constant connection with friends, colleagues, relatives or social groups; but the use of such technology especially by motorists has raised some massive concerns.
Government agencies in Western countries have already tightened laws for motorists, ensuring their safety as well others.
Likewise, the UAE government through its various agencies also took serious measures to deter people from using their mobile phones while driving.
Talking to The Gulf Today, motorists from different sectors shared their concerns with readers.
Souraya Halloway, Marketing Manager at Cravia Inc, said that texting while sitting behind steering wheels is always a dangerous act. driving-text
“Motorists nowadays, when alerted about the threat of texting while driving, would reassure you that they can manage it pretty well, thinking that they are different from other people,” she said.
She pointed out that drivers, especially the youthful ones, think they are like superheroes and believe they can manage both tasks at the same time.
“People do not understand how hazardous this is. The lack of concentration is evident when they focus their attention away from the road while using hand-held devices or texting,” she added.
Pointing to the danger as well as the severity of punishments like fines, she mentioned that since we tend to be constantly connected to our phone, we should take advantage of driving time to enjoy one of the simpler pleasures of life: listening to good music.

MORE CONSCIOUS
Jess Santos, a Dubai resident who works in a multinational firm, asserted that motorists should be more conscious and drive with responsibility, as any mistake could harm or cause untold misery to others.
“Being on busy roads, we observe almost 70 per cent of smart phone users on their mobile phone while driving.
“A large number of drivers text while they are behind the wheel.
“We all have a part to play in ensuring our family and friends do not use their phones while driving,” he maintained.
Reem Masswadeh, a Dubai resident, said: “People, especially motorists, think they can manage multi-tasking and use their phones while driving.
“However, researchers suggest that our brain is not capable of fully concentrating on two things simultaneously.
“If you are texting or engaged in a cellphone conversation while driving, that leaves your brain with less cognitive load to focus on driving.”
She told that it is dangerous enough to make a phone call while driving, but texting …
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on September 23, 2016.

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