Over 60 illegals held near Barka deported



Muscat: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) deported 61 people who had attempted to enter the country illegally on Wednesday morning. These infiltrators had been arrested while attempting to illegally enter the Sultanate on a boat near the Barka shores.
Official sources at the ROP said that the police, in cooperation with various agencies, has launched a campaign to prevent infiltrators from entering and staying in the country illegally.

The officials added that some citizens are providing shelter to these foreigners and even offering  them employment, which is a breach of the Labour Law and ROP regulations. This only encourages migrants to commit crimes such as theft and drug-trafficking. Infiltrators pose a threat to the society since they do not undergo medical check-ups, the sources said.

Officials appealed to the citizens to report such cases by calling the emergency number 9999.

Road accidents
Twenty-one people died in road accidents in the Sultanate from September 1 to 7, sources informed Al Shabiba, the sister publication of the Times of Oman.

Fifty-nine accidents were reported during this period, including 34 vehicle-to-vehicle collisions, the newspaper reported.

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information, the total number of road accidents since the end of July this year stands at about 4,724. Further, 78 per cent of all road deaths during this period involved men,
said sources.

According to the Directorate General of Traffic of the Royal Oman Police (ROP), some 1,139 people died in road accidents in Oman in 2012, which marked the highest traffic fatality rate in the last 10 years.

Despite the efforts of the ROP, all indicators show an increase in the number of traffic fatalities compared to past years.

In 2010, the National Committee for Road Safety at the ROP headquarters developed a national strategy for 2011 to 2020 to promote road safety and curb road accidents in the Sultanate by raising public awareness via media and other channels.

Safety exhibition
The Traffic Safety Exhibition 2013, to be organised by Xibo Oman Company in collaboration with the ROP, will be held from October 11-14. The event aims to attract motorists and owners of road transport companies with a view to promoting traffic awareness. The land transport companies' vehicles are the biggest users of Sultanate's roads, moving thousands of passengers and tonnes of cargo across the country.

The organisers of Traffic Safety Exhibition 2013 urged all transport companies to implement traffic safety programmes by providing proper training to drivers on loading and storage of luggage.

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