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Don’t Call, Text, or Sign on to Internet . . .

until you arrive”

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From today’s Kuwait Times

‘Avoid cell talk, SMS, life you save maybe your own’
KUWAIT, March 15, (KUNA): Ninety percent of road accidents are coupled with lack of attention while driving, Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major General Mahmoud Al-Dousari said Sunday.

His remarks came on the occasion of hoisting flags of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, announcing the commencement of the unified GCC traffic week; themed “Don’t Call Until You Arrive”. The ceremony was attended by traffic directors and their deputies of all six governorates, as well as a host of senior officials in Kuwait and the Gulf. This year’s theme aim at conveying an awareness message, cautioning from the use of mobile phones while driving, and depending on other means such as hands’ free and Bluetooth in order to stay focused on road and steer clear of accidents, Al-Dousari noted, pointing out that more studies had proven the theory suggesting the association of lack of attention with using mobile phones while driving.

The issue was not limited to speaking on phone, it went beyond that to include text messaging, or even logging on to the Internet while driving; which would turn them into major distracters, Al-Dousari said, adding that consequences of such behavior would eventually lead to tragic endings.

Al-Dousari advised that the best way to remain focused on road was to divert all incoming calls to voice mail, as well as receiving and sending SMS messages after pulling off the road. Some 18,773 violations were registered since the law that prohibited the use of mobile phones while driving was implemented last year, he noted.

“The Traffic Week aims to raise awareness, as it includes a host of various educational programs. It is not a week of firmness, stake out and issuing tickets like some might think,” Al-Dousari said, pointing out that injuries resulting from accidents had significantly decreased in the past two years. There are strict orders to deport any expatriate who commits serious traffic violations such as reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding, violating the red signal and assaulting security men, Al-Dousari concluded.

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General al-Dousari, how many expatriates have you exported for serious traffic violations?

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If you want to see fewer people on mobile phones, texting, signing on the the internet, running red lights, weaving while overspeeding, and assaulting security men, enforce your laws, enforce them all the time, and enforce them equally against every offender. If you enforce your laws, equally, against all offenders, traffic violations will decrease, traffic deaths will decrease, and all our lives, and those of our children, will be much safer.

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These photos are from a Flikr search for car wreck/Kuwait and, unfortunately, it is just a random selection among many. many. many.

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March 16, 2009 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions

7 Comments »

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  2. Sooo this must be a great relief, to know that it’s only expats who commit traffic violations and are so daft as to go internetting while driving… well, then it can be only a matter of a few weeks, and a few deportations, and the whole of Kuwait will be on bog traffic paradise!

    Please let us know, next month or so, when that has been established.

    Comment by Aafke | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. Oh, what sharp eyes you have, Aafke!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Driving here is enough, by itself, to produce Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I, too, look forward to the peace and quiet of the streets once all the offending expats have been shipped out. Puhleez.

    Comment by DaisyMae | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. Did you see this in today’s paper?

    ‘Ignorance, arrogance cause traffic jams.’

    “…Behavioral changes which are attributed to the presence of over 140 nationalities in the country… are other factors cited by the survey.”

    Okay I’m imagining what the driving would be like if ONLY Kuwaitis were permitted to drive. What would the accidents, traffic jams, etc. be attributed to then? ;-p

    Comment by DaisyMae | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  6. Puhleez, indeed, DaisyMae.

    NO! Which paper?

    Did you know, that according to the law, women aren’t allowed to have a driver’s license unless they 1) have a college degree and 2) are working?

    Do you have any idea how many teen age boys are driving, and think they don’t need a license because they have wasta? Oh. Wait. No, we can’t export them. They aren’t expats.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  7. wow…after those accidents (in the pics), is there any thing left to deport….
    or they were teleported to a better place…

    Comment by mentabolism | March 17, 2009 | Reply


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