Drivers breaking traffic laws warned
13 December 2012, 16:06
Provincial administration in Malindi have directed traffic department in the area to start a massive crackdown for drivers and road users who are breaking the new traffic laws in the area, risking lives of innocent people.
Malindi district commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said those breaking the laws should be arrested and taken to court to prevent occurrences of accidents that lead to deaths of innocent people especially during this festive season.
Addressing the media in his office, Nkanatha said most of the accidents that occur in the area are caused by drivers who refuse to follow laws and called on the traffic police to launch massive crackdown for such drivers and arrest them before they cause any accident.
“Many people are traveling from one area to another for Christmas holiday and we don’t want people to start mourning instead of celebrating and for that reason whoever will be caught breaking the newly created traffic laws will be arrested and prosecuted,” warned the DC.
He said the crackdown will involve Tuk Tuks, motorcycles, Taxis, PSVs and private cars as well.
His sentiments come barely three days after six people among them AP officers died in a road accident at Kijiwetanga Msabaha area in Malindi after AP's lorry collided with passenger bus.
He said such accidents that caused loss of lives of innocent people could have been avoided if both drivers were careful and adhered to traffic rules.
“It is so sad that we have lost six people in a road accident during this time when people are traveling from one place to another. If both drivers obeyed traffic rules, such accidents couldn’t occur,” he noted.
The DC also urged the locals to avoid boarding passengers vehicle whose drivers are drunk.
He said such drivers will be prosecuted according to laws if caught.
Nakanatha said that instead of boarding the vehicles, locals should first inform police who will respond and arrest the driver.
“Issue of security is not for us but for everyone,” he said.
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