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Over 18,000 Expatriates Deported in Kuwait’s Traffic Violation Crackdown

The Ministry of Interior in Kuwait has initiated an extensive security operation aimed at addressing various offenses committed by expatriates, with a specific focus on cracking down on traffic violations. This operation covers all regions of Kuwait and involves rigorous measures to ensure compliance with the law.

Between the months of March and August, authorities in Kuwait took decisive action by deporting over 18,000 expatriates who had been found guilty of various offenses, including traffic rule violations. Notably, during the first eight months of 2023, the total number of recorded traffic violations exceeded a staggering 2.6 million, with approximately 1.95 million of these categorized as indirect violations.

The Traffic Awareness Department reported that the deportation of 18,486 expatriates occurred within a span of about six months, primarily due to severe traffic infractions. These infractions included speeding, running red lights, engaging in illegal racing, overloading vehicles with passengers, driving against the flow of traffic, and operating vehicles without valid licenses.

This comprehensive crackdown reflects the seriousness with which Kuwait is addressing traffic safety and law enforcement issues, particularly concerning expatriates. The deployment of security forces across all governorates demonstrates the government’s commitment to regulating traffic, reducing congestion, and curbing reckless driving behaviors.

Under the leadership and directives of Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, these efforts seek to enhance overall road safety in Kuwait. The initiative underscores the importance of strict law enforcement and the responsibility of all residents, including expatriates, to adhere to traffic regulations for the safety and well-being of all road users in the country.

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