Adhere to traffic guidelines, says Trasport CS
16 January 2015, 08:46
Nairobi - Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau has called on Kenyans to adhere to traffic guidelines and uphold courtesy on roads to effectively reduce road accidents.
Speaking at a Nairobi hotel during the launch of a road safety campaign dubbed “Give One, Take One,” spearheaded by National Oil, Kamau attributed majority of road accidents to recklessness and disregard for the rights of other road users.
“Road users have often neglected courtesy and yet it is one of the most effective ways of reducing road accidents," he said.
The CS noted that road accidents reduced during the 2014 festive season as compared to previous, but said more efforts need to be done to further bring down number of deaths and injuries on roads.
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Kamau revealed that his ministerial efforts to curb road carnage had yielded a 20 percent significant decline in road accidents in 2014.
“While my ministry continues to implement measures to ensure our roads are safer, let me reiterate that road safety is not a battle that can be fought by the government alone,” he said.
National Oil Chairman Peter Munga said the campaign is targeting behavioral change among young Kenyan motorists.
“Many motorists think that by giving way or being courteous they will be late. But by giving way, you minimize chances of being involved in an accident that will either delay or prevent you from reaching your destination,” said Munga.
National Oil Chief Executive Officer Sumayya Athmani said that the campaign will be a flagship project of the new National Oil Foundation and will provide a spring board for more social responsibility projects in the areas of safety, environment and capacity building.
She said that the programme which will cost KES 10 million, is also aiming at tuning the motorists attitude towards improving road safety.
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