Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 29 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The increase in the amount of fines for drivers using mobile phones while driving has led to a decrease in traffic accidents.
Following the amendments made to the Administrative Violations Code, Baku recorded 124 cases of administrative violations involving the use of mobile phones while driving, Baku State Traffic Police Department spokesman Vagif Asadov told Trend today.
He said more violations on this indicator were recorded in the first half of 2010.
The parliament adopted amendments to the Administrative Violations Code and the Law on Road Traffic in July 2010 and the penalty for a number of administrative violations was increased.
Prior to these changes drivers using mobile phones while driving used to be fined in the amount of 20 manat in accordance with the Article 151.1 of the Administrative Violations Code.
Following the amendments this violation fell under the Article 155.6 and penalty equal to 50 manat was determined for this violation.
Asadov said most of the violations were related to the use of mobile phones while driving, thus most of the traffic accidents ended tragically.
Such traffic accidents killed three people and injured four in the second half of 2010, Asadov added.
The number of several administrative violations decreased following the amendments, Azerbaijani Interior Ministry's Central State Traffic Police Department Spokesman Kamran Aliyev said.
He said the vast majority of drivers using mobile phones while driving are women, but their number also decreased after tightening the sanctions.