KUWAIT CITY, Nov 11: Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Fahad Al-Shuwaie revealed that the ministry launched several traffic campaigns in various parts of the country during which 53 traffic citations were issued, six vehicles, which were used for reckless driving and stunts, were seized, seven individuals were arrested and detained in police stations and four individuals were referred to Prosecution, and 45 motorbikes and buggies were seized.
In a press release issued by Ministry of Interior, he affirmed that campaigns will be carried out on a daily basis on main roads, highways, and coastal and residential areas in order to prevent the use of motorbikes and buggies, based on a ministerial decision in this regard. Major General Al-Shuwaie said the buggies of those who violate this law will be seized, and the ministry will not bear any responsibility for the damages, if any, incurred while transporting the buggies to the seized-vehicle garage, indicating that field teams have been allocated to monitor this phenomenon with the aim of eradicating it.
He stressed that traffic safety is a societal responsibility that requires tremendous efforts for ensuring safety on the roads. He highlighted the importance of the role of families and guardians in watching over their children and preventing them from using buggies on highways and other banned areas. Meanwhile, Director General of Public Relations and Security Media Department of Ministry of Interior Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash affirmed that the department, through its awareness campaigns for security and traffic related matters, has been exerting tremendous efforts to present several media programs at various events and monitor all events that require traffic security to ensure the safety of everyone. He said the department’s awareness project for this season was inaugurated by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and will extend to all exhibitions, stressing that this signifies the leadership’s support towards the department for the protection of people and the need to spread awareness among them about traffic regulations.
Brigadier Al-Hashash revealed that Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid has warned about the traffic accidents which have become a matter of concern and necessitate the need for directing the youth to comply with traffic regulations for their safety, as “they are the future of the country and its true resources”. He affirmed that these traffic-related informational activities are aimed to urge road-users to abide by the traffic regulations. Brigadier Al-Hashash lamented that the use of buggies in residential areas by children have lead to dangerous accidents, some of which resulted in deaths, affirming that preventive measures are being adopted by securitymen with the aim to putting an end to the loss of lives on roads.
By Mishal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies