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No escape from ‘tricky’ new cameras on Nuwaiseeb Road Saving lives important: Al-Ali

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 22: The Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at Ministry of Interior, and Director General of General Traffic Department Major General Abdul Fattah Al-Ali says cameras based on the new ‘Point to Point’ system will be installed along Nuwaiseeb Road to capture speeding violations using advanced technology, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a press release, he declared that the new cameras installed on Nuwaiseeb Road will start functioning from February to limit speeding violations that are usually the main causes of road accidents and can result in not just material losses to the vehicles and the public properties but also loss of human lives.

He affirmed that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid expressed his keenness to follow up on the traffic situation in the country to ensure it is controlled so that maximum safety and security for Kuwaiti and expatriate drivers can be achieved on all roads in Kuwait. Major General Al-Ali indicated that the General Traffic Department with the cooperation of Kuwait Oil Company has completed installation of the new cameras on both sides of the road from the point of intersection between King Fahad bin Abdulaziz Expressway and King Abdulaziz Expressway until the Nuwaiseeb border checkpoint.

He added that the Central Control Unit will monitor for traffic violations through these cameras to arrest the violators of traffic rules. He indicated that the cameras were tested to ensure they are working properly and necessary warning signboards have been fixed on the roadsides to guide the road users. Regarding the technology of the surveillance system and cameras, Major General Al-Ali explained that the operations of the new traffic cameras are based on the surveillance system called ‘Point to Point’ and four cameras have been installed to cover the entire distance of the road. Each camera will record the speed of the vehicle within the distance between one to ten kilometers, which it will compare with the preset allotted speed limit. If any vehicle crosses the distance in less than the preset speed limit, the camera will capture the vehicle’s image and its details, which will be recorded in the database of the system.

Meanwhile, the Media Security Department of Ministry of Interior has launched media campaigns to spread awareness to Kuwaiti citizens and expatriates about the new camera system for controlling the traffic on Nuwaiseeb Road that will be launched in February. In addition, Major General Al-Ali revealed that the General Traffic Department issued 31,283 citations against various traffic violations, seized 1,103 vehicles and motorbikes, and arrested 107 individuals during surprise campaigns that were launched in all six governorates.

The traffic officers also examined 1,769 traffic accidents and executed 57 services orders. He stressed, “We are applying the traffic law in a strict manner on all people in Kuwait particularly since about 445 youths died last year due to serious traffic accidents. We offer our condolences to the families of these youths and grieve over the loss of such high number of youths. We hope the youths of this nation will understand the importance of abiding by the traffic rules and avoiding speeding or racing on the roads for the safety of not only their lives but also the lives of other road users”.

Meanwhile, traffic officers from Capital Traffic Department issued more than 150 traffic violations and seized 70 vehicles during security campaigns that they launched in several areas within the governorate, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Several top-ranking traffic officers participated in the campaigns.

In another development, a senior traffic officer was observed issuing orders to his subordinate officers to seize vehicles over minor violations while releasing some other violating vehicles based on his mood or after receiving telephone calls during a recent traffic campaign in front of Al-Seyassah newspaper building, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

While the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Abdul Fattah Al-Ali instructs securitymen to apply the law on everyone without any ‘wasta’, this senior officer from the traffic security was caught releasing some violating vehicles based on his mood or after receiving telephone calls during the campaign in Shuwaikh Industrial Area.

He had ordered his men to seize the vehicles even if the violations were minor while at the same time, he also ordered to release some violating vehicles for no specific reason and without issuing traffic citations; however, it was noted that he ordered to release the vehicles after receiving phone calls

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