A tweet uploaded by Saudi Arabia's Traffic Authority stating that smoking while behind the wheel is illegal in the kingdom, is going viral on Twitter.
The post came in response to several tweeps who asked the authority whether the act is considered a violation of the country's laws.
Their response started making the rounds online after several news pages shared it on the platform late on Thursday.
While some thought banning people from smoking in cars is a great step given that it can be distracting, others reacted to the news with sarcasm, resulting in a hilarious Twitter meltdown.
The authority's statement came in response to questions they got on Twitter...
"Question: Is smoking while driving considered a law violation?
Answer: Yes, a violation is recorded anytime a driver is distracted with anything other than driving their vehicle."
It has since gone viral on the platform
Sparking a hilarious meltdown of the sorts...
"I am worried they're going to ban us from farting in our cars next."
"Don't drive while driving"
"Hey moroor, is speaking while driving illegal too?"
Some think it's all one fun conspiracy
"I like the way you're thinking, making men hate driving so that by the time we get to hit the road, they'll all be empty. I adore you, government."
"I am going to buy a bicycle"
"Beware: blinking while driving is a violation"
Jokes aside, some people were all for the ban
"The best news I've ever heard... let's hope they'll ban smoking in public spaces next."
Others not so much...
"I think this doesn't call for a fine except if a child or family member is in the car with the driver. Other than that, it's everyone's personal freedom."
The kingdom is trying to bring down alarming traffic accident rates
Car accidents are considered one of the major causes of death in Saudi Arabia. According to the most recent statistics, a car accident happens every minute on average in the kingdom.
This adds up to more than 460,000 crashes per year. In 2017 alone, the country recorded over 7,000 deaths related to car accidents.
In 2016, 9,000 car accident fatalities - a number that translates to 12 percent of the total deaths - were recorded. This marked the highest increase in traffic-related deaths since 2007.
Even though things have been getting better in recent years due to the implementation of the kingdom's electronic traffic management system, Saher, authorities are still trying to further prevent traffic accident deaths.
In their bid to do that, the country's Traffic Authority is prohibiting any actions that can distract drivers.
Other than banning smoking while driving, officials will be imposing a strict seat belt and mobile phone usage fine on violators across the kingdom starting next week.