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Most Asians found obeying the traffic laws

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 16: The General Traffic Department (GTD) is tightening the noose against people who do not respect the traffic laws and on the first day of the strict implementation of the laws, the GTD is said to have issued 59,000 traffic citations against persons not wearing the seat belts and using the cell phone while driving during a fourhour campaign, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The security authorities say most motorists disregard warnings which have been issued through media campaigns. Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major- General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali said that 73 percent of the fatal accidents are caused by motorists because they use cell phones while driving. He also disclosed 93 percent of the motorists do not wear the seal belts while driving. He said, the GTD personnel discovered only 40 percent of the motorists were committed to the law.

Surprisingly, he said, most of the motorists found obeying the traffic laws during the campaign were Asians, followed by Arab expatriates and then the citizens. He also said violations among women motorists have reduced

Cop attacked with cleaver: A police lieutenant escaped unhurt when a bedoun thief attacked him with a cleaver, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. The incident happened in Taima, Jahra. The police officer was on duty and he suspected a motorist driving 4x4. When he checked the records of the vehicle, he discovered it was reported stolen by its owner. When the officer ordered the man behind the wheel to stop, he obeyed, but as the officer walked over to him, the latter pulled out a cleaver and struck the officer. However, the officer took one step back and avoided being hit. The motorist then escaped on foot but left behind his ID in the stolen vehicle. Police are looking for him.

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