KUWAIT CITY, Nov 9: Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Fahad Al-Shuwai declared that traffic campaigns against riding buggies (All- Terrain Vehicles) on main roads, residential areas, highways and beaches have been launched from Wednesday, Nov 9, reports Al-Seyassah daily. He said the campaigns are in line with the decision of Ministry of Interior to eradicate the use of buggies in the abovementioned locations, affirming that the violating buggies will be seized during the campaigns. Major General Al-Shuwai explained that decision No. 245/1983 and decision No. 900/2009 ban the use of buggies in residential areas, highways, main roads and beaches. Buggies can only be ridden in desert areas and race tracks allocated. He revealed that buggies seized during the campaigns will not be returned to their owners unless the latter carry out all necessary procedures and pay the fines and relevant costs, indicating that the maximum period for retention of the seized buggies is two months unless the General Traffic Department are convinced of the reasons for extending the retention period. Major General Al-Shuwai lamented that the use of buggies in residential areas and on main roads have led to many tragic accidents in which a number of victims lost their lives.
Traffic crisis worsens: The Secretariat General of the Higher Council for Planning and Development has estimated cost of the traffic crisis in Kuwait at about KD2 billion annually, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to the report of the Secretariat General, the traffic crisis continues to worsen as reflected in the statistics issued by the General Traffic Department for 2014-2015 which highlighted the negative consequences of the crisis without any tangible or actual interest in addressing the problem. The report also pointed out the rising number of casualties, accidents and traffic citations yearly that resulted in material and human losses; thereby, exhausting the concerned entities like the police force, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals and medical staff.
Interpol arrests two: The UAE Interpol has arrested and handed over two men, identified only as A.D. (Sudanese) and a Jordanian, to their Kuwaiti counterpart, reports Al-Qabas daily. The arrest came upon a request from their Kuwaiti counterpart. The men were wanted in Kuwait for swindling Kuwaitis. They had reportedly sold real estate to their victims in Turkey and Europe through fraudulent means.
Selling stolen medicines: Personnel from the Criminal Investigations Department have arrested a female Egyptian pharmacist for selling medicines stolen from a public hospital, reports Al-Rai daily. A security source said investigations showed the 52-yearold pharmacist, identified only as SF, sold the medicines for half the face value after removing the MOH label from the drugs. Further investigations revealed the medicines were initially stolen by cleaning company workers and sold to the pharmacist for a very low price. The daily added, plainclothes police put the pharmacist working in Salmiya under surveillance for some time and then raided the pharmacy and seized large quantities of medicines – from the pharmacy, her car and her home.