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Running Red Lights

I was out on seventh circle this morning, that annoying stretch where there sets of stoplights, one after another. Oone of the annoyances is the guys who are behind you honking the hell out of their horn because you STOPPED for the red lights, while others whiz right through. I am praying Kuwait has hidden cameras at all these lights and all those red-light-runners will have huge fines to pay when they go to register their cars.

Then I get to this red light:

I am only taking this photo because most of the lights along seventh ring were missing at least one light. This one – the set of lights on the right actually has a very dim light behind the red, you can see it a little if you are really looking. When the light changes, there is one green light – on the bottom of the other set of lights. I will admit this was the worst set of lights, but every single stoplight had missing traffic lights.

My friends, this is just not acceptable. There is so much labor around doing all kinds of stuff, but traffic lights – putting in fresh bulbs just isn’t that hard. There should be someone every single day of the year making sure traffic lights are ALL in working order. To allow it to go a day or two is truly criminal negligence, and some of these lights go for WEEKS.

April 14, 2008 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. I saw the same thing too…but on a different route!

    Comment by Amu | April 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well spotted! :O

    Comment by 3baid | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  3. Amu – it is SO dangerous. Some intersections, at night, you wouldn’t know!

    3baid – you sound like someone on safari! 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  4. I just posted something similar to this! (or a derivative of the actual thought of passing a red light).. but yes I have come across and passed “by mistake” a very dim red light! That was a long time ago though on the gulf road.

    Comment by N. | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  5. traffic light maintenance is on hold because kuwait feels that its budget is better spent on that mall/roundabout/parking lot/”HOSPITAL RENOVATION”/anything frivolous really that on traffic lights. i was stuck for 35 minutes at a light cuz the lights went berserk. hatef.

    Comment by Mrm | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  6. N. – Your post knocked my socks off. You gave it a lot of thought, the culture of Kaifee, and the need to develop a civic culture.

    Readers – go visit N.’s blog; he really said it right.

    Mrm – so young, so beautiful, and so cynical . . . sigh!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  7. […] take photos on my way to the airport. Here is the exact same set of traffic lights I photographed April 14th and I hope you will notice, while there actually is a very very dimly lit red light, we can’t […]

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  8. […] Red Lights (3) I first blogged about this on April 14 and then again in July. I was on this road again yesterday, and oh look – nothing has changed, […]

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