Those who have the bad habit of using smartphones while driving, beware, as there will soon be extra “eyes” watching you. According to transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the JPJ will catch phone-using drivers with two types of cameras – static and mobile – and those caught in the act will receive an RM300 fine.

“We prohibit drivers from using their handphones on the road. We have given them a lot of advice, yet there are many who still do so. Focus on the road and not your handphones when you are driving,” Liow told reporters at the closing ceremony of the Satu Komuniti Satu JPJ (SKSJ) event in Bentong yesterday, reported by The Star.

Liow added that using navigation apps such as Waze is allowed, but the mobile phone should be mounted on a phone holder. He said that the usage of mobile phones by drivers is one of the 20 offences that will soon be inclu­ded into the Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS), a combination of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and Kejara demerit points system.

“The accident rates are very high. There were 5,310 fatalities from January to September this year while for the whole of last year, there were 7,152 deaths. We want to reduce these figures by 10% every year and it is really challenging,” Liow lamented, adding that the main aim of strict enforcement was to save lives and not to penalise road users. “If none of us break the rules, the roads will be safer for everyone,” he added.

Leave the phone and concentrate on the road ahead while driving.