the director general of the National Transport and
Safety Authority (NTSA), blamed speeding, drunk driving
and poor signage as some of the leading causes of
during a live television interview over the weekend,
Meja said the transport regulator has come up with a
code of conduct that every motorist and pedestrian
should follow in order to prevent accidents along major
concerned by the rising toll of deaths on our highways
that is mostly attributed to human error and have come
up with new and more stringent regulations to help deal
with this challenge,” said Meja.
records an average of 3,000 deaths from road accidents
every year despite investments in robust campaigns and
existence of progressive traffic rules.
clarified that the transport regulator has invested
heavily in patrol cars, personnel and digital cameras to
help nab and prosecute motorists flouting traffic rules.
part, we are committed to enforce traffic rules to the
letter but sections of public service vehicle owners
have undermined efforts to restore sanity on the roads
by employing untrained drivers,” Meja said.
spike in road accidents has triggered an outcry from
Kenyans while re-igniting new debate on viable measures
that should be adapted.
Joe Otin, a
Nairobi-based digital marketing professional, challenged
the transport regulator to invest in digital technology
and public awareness targeting motorists and
the country’s lawmakers have intensified the call for
redesigning major highways with dangerous “black spots.”
the senator for Nakuru County, which has borne the brunt
of the recent carnage on the roads, said construction of
a dual carriage way at the “black spots” or redesigning
of highways could be a giant step in the quest to reduce
Kenya says to curb road
carnage before festive season
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will implement stringent
regulations to curb road carnage that reached a peak
this month, officials said on Tuesday.
Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Transport and
Infrastructure, said the government will intensify
policing at accident blackspots and crack down on errant
motorists this festive season.
mapped the blackspots in major highways especially the
northern corridor from Mombasa to the Ugandan border
with a view to put adequate measures and make them
safer,” said Macharia.
He spoke to
reporters in Nairobi in the wake of a rising toll of
road accidents in the country that have so far claimed
180 lives since the start of December.
decried the untimely loss of lives along the roads due
to gross violation of traffic rules by private motorists
and owners of public service vehicles.
directed the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA)
to crack down on public service vehicles who flout
traffic rules. Soon, we are rolling out the smart
driving license to help monitor behavior of drivers on
our roads,” Macharia told reporters.
working on short and long-term plans to find solutions
to road accidents that claim an estimated 3,000 people
every year. The accidents usually peak around major
holidays as people travel upcountry for celebrations.
said the government will invest in additional speed
bumps, bridges and pedestrian paths along major highways
to prevent fatal accidents.
to long-term measures that we are exploring in order to
minimize road accidents include construction of dual
carriage way, redesign of highways and establishment of
points where drivers can check temperatures of brakes,”
Further 23 die in road
accident in Kenya in past two days
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
At least 23 people have been confirmed
dead and several others injured in two separate road
accidents in Kenya over the weekend.
people died in an accident on Sunday evening along the
Thika-Garissa road in central Kenya. The other accident,
along Nakuru-Eldoret highway in northwest Kenya, killed
10 people on Saturday night.
Regional Police Commander Gideon Amalla told Xinhua on
Monday that the 8.30 p.m. Thika accident involved a
14-seat minibus (matatu) and a truck.
of Kinatwa Sacco was from Nairobi direction heading to
Kitui (eastern Kenya). Upon reaching Kilimambogo area
while trying to avoid a head-on collision with unknown
motorcycle rammed head on with an oncoming lorry which
was from opposite direction,” Kibunja said.
“As a result
the matatu driver and 10 passengers died on the spot,”
he said, noting that three others died while undergoing
treatment in hospital.
commander said the number of fatalities could rise as
some of the injured were in critical condition.
caused a major traffic snarl-up as police and rescue
teams cleared the scene.
on Saturday also involved a 14-seat matatu; 10 people
died and three others were injured after the minibus
collided with two trucks along the Nakuru-Eldoret
highway in Makutano area.
Traffic Enforcement Officer Zero Arome said the accident
involved a Nissan matatu heading to Eldoret and two
trucks heading to Mombasa from the Malaba border.
matatu heading to Eldoret lost control after a tire
burst before it collided with an oncoming truck. It
swerved and hit a second truck,” Arome said.
the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) about
150 people had died in road accidents between Dec. 1 and
preliminary investigations, the causes of these crashes
included speeding and driving under the influence of
alcohol or other substances.
More than 30
people died on Dec. 12 after a crash involving 15
vehicles in Sachang’wan along the busy Nakuru-Edlroet
before, a family of 19 died in another crash in Bungoma
in western Kenya.
On Dec. 9,
seven musicians from the popular Kenene international
band, a well-known Kalenjin music group, died in an
accident along Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
On the same
day, 23 people died while several others were injured in
another accident along the Marigat-Loruk road in Tiaty,
said in collaboration with traffic police they have
mapped at least 15 “black spots” along major highways
nationwide where motorists are warned to be careful
during the festive season.
authorities said they have beefed up patrol teams to
curb rogue motorists.
accidents are common during festive season as thousands
of people travel up country for holiday celebrations.
3,000 Kenyans die in road accidents annually, according
to the NTSA.