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Drivers Beware: The Muroor Will Start Monitoring Traffic Violations For Usage Of Phones Next Week

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Don’t get too comfortable, if you think you’ve yet to receive a fine even after using your phone while driving- think it no more.

Reports claim that the Traffic Authority announced it will be monitoring traffic violations for those who use their mobile phones by hand and are without seatbelts while driving, as of next week.

Especially if you’re in Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah

At the beginning of the year, the Directorate General of Traffic (Muroor) announced that the use of mobile phone while driving was to be electronically monitored. A mere touch of your phone while driving will be considered a traffic violation for which you can be fined SAR150 for the first offense.

According to Saudi Gazette, that fine may increase to SAR300 with the possibility of being detained for 24 hours. The Muroor also said that seatbelts will also be electronically monitored and motorists who do not wear them are susceptible to a fine.

The Traffic Department installed cameras along the Kingdom’s roads to help detect drivers who use their phones, following a study that shows this has been one of the biggest causes for road accidents. As well, these cameras can easily detect those without seatbelts.

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Princess Reema bint Bandar Meets With US Treasury Chief Steven Mnuchin

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Saudi ambassador Princess Reema bint Bandar met earlier with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin where the two of them got to discuss opportunities to further enhance the relationship between the two countries.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in the US said in a tweet that the two senior officials explored “ways to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s close partnership with the United States on countering the financing of terrorism, as well as US support for the Kingdom’s economic reforms.”

Princess Reema assumed her new office earlier this month, and has since met with the political figures of the US in the attempt of strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

She presented her credentials in the presence of US President Donald Trump as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

 

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Princess Reema Bint Bandar Meets Donald Trump At The White House

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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar, has met with President Donald Trump to present her credentials as the Kingdom’s top diplomat in Washington.

“HRH stated that the Saudi-U.S. partnership is essential to the interests of both countries and expressed confidence that the two countries are capable of overcoming any challenges at the regional or global levels,” the embassy said.

The 44-year-old diplomat expressed her enthusiasm on social media, writing, “Looking forward to starting this chapter of my life in Washington DC.”

“Presented credentials today at the White House,” she wrote on Twitter. “Conveyed the well wishes of Kingdom’s Leadership. Looking forward to working on strengthening and solidifying the historic Saudi – U.S partnership.”

Princess Reema Bint Bandar became the 11th Saudi diplomatic representing the Kingdom to Washington since 1945, marking an opening for more women to participate and take roles in government positions.

 

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Main Road in Sharm El-Sheikh Gets Named After King Salman

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According to a report from the Saudi Press Agency, the main road in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh has been named after King Salman. 

Governor of South Sinai, Khaled Fouda, announced the decision during a ceremony that was held to celebrate the 37th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.

Osama Nugali, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League, took part in the event where the announcement was made.

He thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and several senior officials, for such a kind gesture and for bestowing the honor on King Salman.

 

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