In the wake of the spring break, the Ministry of Interior, through its field sectors, successfully implemented a comprehensive traffic security plan yesterday morning to manage traffic flow following the return of students for the second semester.
The Traffic and Operations Sectors, the Public Security Sector, the General Administration of Public Relations for Security Media, and the Criminal Security Sector actively participated in executing this traffic security initiative.
Colonel Othman Al-Gharib, the head of the press department in the General Administration of Public Relations and Security Media, reported that the Ministry of Interior initiated early morning security deployment on ring and main roads, internal roads, and in proximity to schools. This strategic plan aimed to ensure a smooth transition for students returning to their educational institutions, reports Al-Jarida daily.
Al-Gharib noted that the initial day witnessed anticipated high traffic density on roads and near schools, advising parents to adjust departure times for transporting their children. He emphasized the implementation of a comprehensive media awareness plan initiated by the Security Media Department, executed by the Public Relations and Traffic Awareness Department at the General Traffic Department, aimed at educating both students and parents.
Public Relations and Traffic Awareness Department in the General Traffic Department officer Major Abdullah Bu Hassan, shared insights into the first day’s efforts, revealing that over 300 security and traffic patrols were deployed across various roads and school parking lots. Traffic operations were efficiently managed, with officers reprogramming main intersections based on real-time traffic data from the central control room.
Bu Hassan highlighted some concerning behaviors of drivers contributing to traffic density, including entering yellow boxes at intersections and using mobile phones while driving. He emphasized this year’s Traffic Week slogan, “driving without a phone,” and called on parents to prioritize vehicle safety and avoid sudden stops on the road, ensuring a smoother flow of traffic and preventing accidents.
Colonel Al-Gharib identified specific roads experiencing high traffic density, including Sheikh Zayed (Fifth) Road, the Fourth Ring Road, and routes leading towards Kuwait City. Despite the dense traffic, no serious accidents occurred on the ring and main roads, with only a few minor incidents reported.
Major Abdullah Bu Hassan, a member of the Unified Gulf Traffic Week event, announced the commencement of Traffic Week activities, featuring traffic lectures, exhibitions, and a press conference presenting statistics for 2023. The week aims to enhance traffic awareness through educational initiatives and events.