Authorities in Kuwait have defended the deportation of more than 1,200 expats for traffic and speeding offences, it has been reported.
The oil-rich Gulf state has faced international criticism in recent weeks for a number of measures targeting the 1m strong expatriate community, which include plans to deport 100,000 foreign workers per year for the next decade.
One of the country’s top traffic cops has however defended the deportations, claiming that those affected were serial violators who were putting other motorists’ and pedestrians’ lives at risk.
“What hurts us the most is when a family loses its provider, when a family loses its mother, when parents lose their children and when in some cases, an entire family is lost,” assistant undersecretary for traffic affairs Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali told Kuwait Times.
“We are determined to continue field campaigns against reckless driving and violations which result in such unfortunate events”.
Al-Ali added that reports on social media and in the press that expats were being deported for minor traffic violations were wide of the mark. “Not only are such claims unrealistic, but are refuted by field operations seeking to restore discipline on public roads,” Al-Ali said.
Since the campaign to deport expats for traffic offences started at the beginning of April, Al-Ali said that more than 75,000 traffic violations had been recorded, including 43,000 for speeding and 10,400 for jumping red lights.
“This proves how serious the operations are to address all irregularities in their various shapes and forms,” he added.