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Crackdown on boda boda begins

04 January 2013, 14:18 Alloys Musyoka

National Traffic police commandant Benson Kirui Githinji has ordered traffic police boss and Malindi police chief to carry out a major crackdown to arrest motorcycles and boda boda operators flouting new traffic rules.

Githinji lamented that all motorcycle users in the area are not adhering to the new traffic rules thus putting at risk the lives of innocent Kenyans.

"I have just observed rudeness among motorcycle operators who are operating without helmets, reflector jackets and am sure most of them do not have driving licenses," said the traffic boss.

Addressing mourners at Dabaso village in Watamu during burial ceremony of Nyanza Province Traffic commandant Jonathan Mtawali Katsole on Thursday, Githinji warned those who will be found flouting traffic rules will be arrested and taken to court.

He said the traffic department will not sit down and watch Kenyans dying because of rudeness of road users who refuse to follow rules.

Githinji reiterated that most of the boda boda operators carry more that two passengers which is dangerous.

"I have walked around here and motorcycle operators are completely flouting the new traffic rules and that we won't tolerate that. We will arrest them and charge them before a court of law,"  the officer noted with concern.

He pointed out that the crackdown will not only affect Malindi district but also all parts of the country where motorcycles are being used as means of transport.

He said although motorcycles have created job opportunities for youths but rules should be followed to avoid accidents which can cause deaths due to ignorance.

The officer added that the traffic department has also begun flushing out all un road worthy vehicles as well as those which do not have speed governors across the country.

Githinji said drivers who will be caught driving passengers' vehicle without speed governors will be arrested and the vehicles confiscated by his department for the sake of safety of Kenyans.

"I  have directed all OCPDs Traffic police officers and inspection unit officers to start the exercise in all parts of the country from Wednesday in a bid to reduce road carnage that lead to loss of innocent lives," he said.

He said they are also monitoring over speeding public vehicles using  speed cameras which are installed in some roads across the country.

Githinji noted that plans are underway to add more speed cameras on all roads across the country to monitor all vehicles to ensure that all vehicles use the stipulated speed to avoid accidents.

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