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Number of traffic accidents rises by 300 from Feb-March ’17
May 7, 2017, 10:54 am

Recent statistics revealed that the number of traffic incidents increased by 300 from February to March 2017, reports Al-Shahed daily. According to statistics, the total number of traffic incidents in March 2017 was 5,504 compared to 5,209 in February 2017. In February, Hawally Governorate came first in terms of the number of accidents recorded at 1,392; Capital Governorate followed with 1,302; Farwaniya Governorate with 932, Ahmadi Governorate with 833, Jahra Governorate with 382 and Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate with 368.

In March, the Capital Governorate topped the list with 1,498 accidents; followed by Hawally Governorate with 1,364; Farwaniya Governorate with 909; Ahmadi Governorate with 913; Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate with 444 and Jahra Governorate with 376.

The types of traffic accidents recorded were collisions, overturning vehicles and hit-and-run. Meanwhile, the Public Relations and Security Media General Department in the Ministry of Interior announced that the General Traffic Department (GTD) has started installing 60 new speed cameras – ‘TraffiTower 2.0’

According to a press statement issued by the department, the installation of new traffic speed cameras is in compliance with the directive of Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah to intensify efforts to restore traffic order and discipline on all roads in Kuwait. These new cameras will monitor motorists who drive beyond the speed limit on various roads, as well as improve the level of traffic safety.

These cameras have the ability to monitor both lanes of the road, including the emergency lanes, at the same time and to capture anyone who drives beyond the speed limit. The cameras can also monitor trucks plying on certain roads during undesignated hours.

The department added new cameras had earlier been installed on Sabah Al-Awal (First Ring Road), indicating the installation will continue along the remaining roads which need monitoring of speed limits and in key areas.

The security establishment represented by GTD explained that it will continue exerting efforts to ensure discipline on the roads and safety of motorists.

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