494 traffic casualties Kuwait in 2012

December 14, 2012

Around 500 people died in Kuwait in the first 11 months of the year, a security official has said.

The list of the 494 victims includes Kuwaitis, stateless people living in Kuwait and expatriates, the official, who was not named, told local Arabic daily Al Watan.

In November, the authorities recorded the death of 33 people — 18 expatriates and 15 Kuwaitis — in various accidents.

The victims were mainly males, 25 men to eight women, the official said.

“We urge all people to exercise the highest levels of caution and to comply fully with the rules and regulations,” the official was quoted as saying. “We urge drivers to keep the appropriate distance with other vehicles and to avoid the use of mobiles and other matters that distract them in order to ensure safety and reduce the number of accidents.”

Kuwait, with one of the largest accident rates in the world, has regularly launched awareness campaigns to tackle the alarming number of road fatalities.

Traffic authorities in Hawalli, one of the country’s five governorates, said that they booked 18,353 drivers in November — an average of more than 600 a day — and impounded 579 vehicles. Fines were also given to 547 drivers for parking their cars in spaces devoted to the handicapped.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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