NEW guidelines have been submitted by the General Directorate of Traffic to increase the penalties imposed for distractions whilst driving.
Actions such as sending or reading a Whatsapp message, talking on the phone, manipulating the touch screen in any way or car navigation, opening a soda bottle or even lighting a cigarette will all be punishable by a fine and 6 points deducted from your license.
Distractions are the number one cause of accidents on the road today, above speeding and driving whilst intoxicated.
The DGT will put into place 12 helicopters to collaborate with their Pegasus system already in place. There will also be 11 drones in action along with the 216 HD cameras that take pictures of the driver to determine whether they are wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone.
The police will also be using undercover vehicles including trucks and vans in order to catch offenders. This in conjunction with 300 more officers assigned to traffic checks marks the start of the traditional summer clampdown in order to prevent accidents in the busy season.