‘Crash while on Snapchat was wake-up call’

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A Dubai stu­dent has said she will never use a phone at the wheel again af­ter es­cap­ing what could have been a tragic ac­ci­dent. Amal, from In­dia, said: “I had never been in an ac­ci­dent and was Snapchat­ting while driv­ing ear­lier this year. “I did not re­alise how close my car got to the one in front and to avoid crash­ing into that car, I sud­denly moved to the left while on the high­way – at the speed of 120 kmph. “My car hit the rail­ings, real bad and I thought this was it for a few sec­onds, ‘I’m done’.” Amal said she es­caped with just bruises but oth­ers may not be so lucky. She said: “We all think we are great at multi-task­ing un­til some­thing hap­pens. I have never touched my phone in the car since then and never will, it scares me.” Bri­tish ex­pat Ian San­ders, 40, an IT man­ager, said he has even got taxis to pull over if the driv­ers are glued to their phones. He said: “I per­son­ally refuse to al­low a taxi driver to use the phone while I’m in it – a cou­ple of times I’ve got­ten out of a cab when the driver car­ries on us­ing the phone af­ter I’ve asked them not to. “No mat­ter how safe some­one is, you can still be the vic­tim of an ac­ci­dent caused by some­one else who isn’t as cau­tious, or who sim­ply doesn't care.”

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