I wonder where all that money is spent, installing more cameras? improving the streets infrastructure? a new yacht for someone senior? So far traffic violations are at 52 million KD for the year of 2015 and are expected to hit the 70 million KD mark before end of the year.[Source]
I don’t know how long will this mentality be prominent in Kuwait. I was passing by a neighborhood when I noticed I couldn’t drive through a road. A house was having a BBQ/Buffet on the other side of the road so they thought it’s more convenient if they block the road altogether since they will be walking on the road a lot.
Is there a government number to call and report such violations?
It used to be, driving in Kuwait was becoming unbearable but I think it officially has. Getting from one place to another needs a lot of time patience and time, both of which most people don’t have. I left my destination yesterday heading to an important meeting giving myself 45 minutes to what should have been a 25-30 minute drive.
The 5th ring road alone had 3 separate car accidents. One of whom was already resolved and all cars were moved to the safe lane but that still made a lot of traffic because people would slow down to look, even worse sometimes take photos. Add to that the big portion of disrespectful drivers, maniac drivers and terrible drivers or a combination of all three and you have a summary of what it’s like driving in Kuwait.
It took me an hour to get to my destination and I was 15 minutes late. My biggest problem isn’t the unbearable traffic life of Kuwait itself, but rather the fact that nothing tangible is being done for the near future and things will only get worse. Keeping in mind deporting expats for the smallest violations won’t help solve the issue.
I can’t think of any other way of reaching 23,000 KD worth of tickets then to have a part time job of purposely over-speeding when passing a camera. Another student in the video is showing the printed traffic violations then showing a total of 725 traffic violations. I’m sure getting a loan from a bank is going to ruin his life.
Just look at the big smile on Abdulfattah Al Ali’s face when he mentions how many tickets these new cameras issued to know how effective they have been (~400 tickets every day, 12,000 in a month). So far there are 120 new cameras in Kuwait and will soon be almost doubled to total 250 cameras. You also get a ticket if you use the safe lane to drive, I had no idea.
Photo courtesy of Al Anba News
I guess the government will be using that money to install even more cameras on the streets. The estimate is almost double the revenue earned from traffic fines in previous years which was around KD 25 – 30 millon. Hope they use some of that money on improving the infrastructure of roads.[Source]