I have my own take on the recent deportations of expats in the country because of traffic violations.
Have I been worried about it for myself? Yes I have. What if I leave the house ONE time without my drivers license? What happens if, for example, I go through a red light because there is a truck tailgating behind me? Will I even be able to put my Kuwait affairs in order before I'm jailed and sent home? What about my dog? What about my car loan? Yes, I think about all this stuff.
Right now, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior is deporting as many people as they possibly can for traffic violations to "resolve the traffic problem." I personally do NOT believe that this will resolve Kuwait's traffic problems in the slightest.
Deporting people isn't going to make anything better. There will always be another crop of drivers entering the country who will not be properly trained before getting on Kuwait's roads. Why? Because Kuwait continues to hire from poverty-sricken countries where the "drivers" ask for very little money for salaries and hey - have probably never owned a vehicle of their own back in their home country (and yes folks - these are the SAME people who are driving your children around).
Yes I believe that people who are re-offenders of serious traffic crimes should be heavily fined or banned from driving, but what about those of us who make genuine mistakes at some point AND who CONTRIBUTE to the advancement and prosperity of this society? (And many who even fought for this country.) Are you going to put everyone into the same category?
The PROBLEM is that there are too many cars on the road. The ANSWER is mass transportation: Safe, dependable, clean, affordable transportation for the masses. Look at Dubai - WOW. And - not every family needs 3 drivers and 6 cars to transport kids to and from school: regulate a country-mandated school bus system (again - safe, dependable and clean for the kids). Regulate. Enforce laws. Educate the population.
I emplore the decision makers to visit Dubai and take the metro. (And I know Kuwait "has plans" to build a metro, but if you have lived in Kuwait for more than 6 months, you'll know that "planning" doesn't equate to "doing.")
Kuwait is an exclusive country, not an inclusive one. There is a very callous mentality towards allowing people into Kuwait, and for making it friendly for them to stay there. Dubai is of quite a different mentality: Set the infrastructure, lay down the law and enforce it, and then allow people to help you make your country flourish.
I feel sad for Kuwait. There is so much untapped potential just beyond the veil.