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NTSA warns of road carnage ahead of festive season

19 November 2013, 20:31 Robert Kibet

Nairobi -  With an increase of road accidents claiming hundreds of lives across the country, there is a serious need for the drivers of both public service vehicles and those plying the highway on trailers to be extra careful and observe the traffic rules.

This was the message delivered by head of road safety ,Cosmas Ngeso, when he spoke at the Gilgil, along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) was conducting a joint crackdown on speeding and un-roadworthy vehicles on Monday.

Ngeso expressed his displeasure displeasure on cases of careless driving, especially at night , which many people have died after being involved in accident with trailers and buses along the Nairobi-Narok, Nakuru-Eldoret and Nairobi-Mombasa highways.

Ngeso was accompanied by  Rift Valley Provincial Traffic Enforcement Officer (PTEO) Mary Omari during the crackdown exercise. Ngeso said NTSA is working closely with the traffic police to reduce road accident especially as the country gears towards the festive season.

“In a bid to achieve a smooth festive season on our busy roads, we will be working closely with the traffic police department by ensuring that those who have not obeyed the traffic rules and regulations will face the full force of the law”,Ngeso reiterated.

With over 20 vehicles found to have flouted the traffic rules during the crackdown, (PTEO) Mary Omari called on members of the public to report cases of those violating the traffic rules to the police immediately.

Those found to have violated the traffic rules would recieve a fine of up to Sh 50,000 from the mobile traffic court.

Earlier last month, the Rift Valley Law Society of Kenya had dismissed mobile traffic courts arguing that it is not within the law, neither is it gazzetted as offenders are supposed to be tried at gazzetted locations.

The Society’s chairperson Bernard Kipkoech Ng’etich has termed the mobile courts as plans by the traffic police department to rob citizens of money, adding that most of the offenders are tried along the roads before they get access to lawyers as required by the law.

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