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Almost 2,000 kids driving without license

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GTD mulls severe penalties as violations grow

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 17: The recent intensive traffic campaigns led to the discovery of grave traffic violations, prompting the General Traffic Department to look into the possibility of tightening control over traffic movement in a bid to stop reckless driving and other dangerous practices on the road, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources from the security sector. Sources hinted on the possible issuance of a circular on suspending the conciliation order for serious violations, including reckless behavior on the road, for one month; and then refer those proven to have violated traffic regulations to the court as a deterrent, especially since majority of those who violated the traffic rules have prior violation records.

Sources warned about the aggravation of the situation; considering that in the last 10 months a total of 1,808 juveniles were arrested, including those aged 13 to 16 who were driving even if they are not yet qualified to obtain a driving license, endangering not only their lives but also that of other road users. Sources revealed the ministry issued citations for 140,000 traffic violations from Jan 1 to Nov 2; such as reckless driving, speeding and crossing the red light. Sources said the amount of fine imposed for these violations reached KD2.793 million within a period of 10 months.

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