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New point-to-point cams to weed out speedsters

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4, (KUNA): The Ministry of Interior is trying out a new road-monitoring system using what is known as Point-to-Point roadside cameras, said a ministry official on Tuesday. The new cameras will photograph all cars covering a certain prescribed distance by the ministry, and gauge the speeds of these cars, picking out those breaking the lawful speed limits, exposing thus their drivers to penalties set by the ministry, said Major General Abdul-Fattah Al-Ali, Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the ministry, in statements he made to KUNA. He said this new camera-monitoring system is being experimented within a 10-km stretch of the road leading to the area of Nuwaiseeb. The cameras calculate the speeds of all cars using that stretch and will separate out the ones surpassing the legal speed limit. This system will be generalized on all Kuwaiti roads and highways at a later date once it is determined that it works with assured results. Already this system is being applied in such countries as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in addition to Qatar, and now Kuwait

Officers fight video: A video of a public brawl among some Public Security officers and rescue officers is being circulated on social networking websites such as Twitter. In the video, the officers are seen abusing and attacking each other in public.

Policeman stabbed: The Hawalli police have arrested a young Kuwaiti for attempting to escape from police and attacking a policeman with a dagger, reports Al-Anba daily. According to security sources the suspect, who is 28 years old, was driving a pickup truck in Nugra. When police ordered him to pull over for routine check, he stepped on the gas and in a vain attempt to escape, crashed into police vehicles and drove off. However, he was chased and forced to stop near Al-Messilah Bridge. The suspect then pulled out a dagger and stabbed the policeman in an attempt to escape. The suspect, who is an ex-criminal, was wanted by law in connection with a financial fraud worth KD 6,000

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