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70,687 road accidents, 428 traffic related deaths recorded in 2017

KUWAIT CITY, May 3, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday that 70,687 road accidents were recorded and nearly five million traffic violations were issued in Kuwait in 2017 leading to 428 accident-related deaths.

The figures were released by Interior Ministry acting chief spokesman Brig Gen Tawheed Al-Kanderi ahead of Arab Traffic Week, which begins on Friday. In a statement marking the occasion, Al-Kanderi said it aims to remind motorists of the importance of abiding by traffic regulations and road safety guidelines.

Amongst these violations, he particularly urged against the use of mobile phones while driving, mentioning this was the major cause of these deaths. A total 55,321 tickets were handed to motorists found in violation.

The Interior Ministry media department intends to join its Arab neighbours in a spirit of collaboration throughout the week-long event. It will be handing out brochures and leafl ets to the public across numerous government buildings and shopping malls and will launch several public announcements over public and social media platforms, he added.

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