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Roads Minister Commissions Footbridge Construction

20 March 2012, 14:58 Tony Ndung'u Karomo

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Minister for Roads, Franklin Bett has urged drivers in Meru County to accept responsibility by embracing safer driving near learning institutions and crowded places to avoid loss of innocent human lives.

Speaking at the launch of the construction of a second footbridge along Kathita River and inspection of roads within Meru County, Bett called on drivers to follow traffic rules without compromise especially when approaching learning institutions and within town.

The minister who was accompanied by North Imenti MP Silas Muriuki and East African Community Assistant Minister Peter Munya asked all drivers to practice decency, courtesy and discipline on the roads appealing for special consideration to the aged and young pedestrians whenever they were crossing the roads.

He remarked that it will cost the country over 40 billion shillings to erect bumps all over the Kenyan roads the amount he said would be better if used to improve many roads in the country.

“You have to accept responsibility by putting bumps in your heads before asking government to erect more on the roads. It is known everywhere in the world that you should drive carefully when approaching a school or town,” Minister told drivers.

He appealed the local leadership in the region to intensify awareness programmes on road safety and usage promising that the government was doing its best in improving the roads across the country.

The footbridge measuring 2.2m x 42m along Kathita River is set for completion by August this year reducing accidents within the bridge.

According to the residents in Gitimbine and Majengo Estates in Meru Town, the bridge wil lease congestion on the single footbridge which they claim serves only members on one side of the estates.

They also claimed the drivers were known to over speed asking the Kenya National Highways Authority to erect more pumps.

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