Road carnage claimed 20 lives on Christmas
28 December 2015, 10:07
Nairobi - Twenty people lost their lives in road accidents countrywide during the Christmas season, National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Director General Francis Meja has said.
Speaking to News24 Sunday, Meja said 18 people lost their lives on Christmas day while two others died on Boxing Day.
"Despite the heightened campaigns we put in place over the festive season, we lost 20 lives. We will work round the clock to ensure Kenyans do not lose their lives unnecessarily on our roads," said Meja.
The Agency together with traffic police department in an effort to curb road accidents have mounted crackdowns across the country to apprehend those who violate road safety regulations.
Before the festive season started, NTSA had issued a cautionary message to road users in the December, a month which they noted registers a relatively high increase of the number of fatal road crashes.
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According to the authority the increase in accidents can be attributed to human error and in particular over speeding, reckless and dangerous driving and overtaking, drunk-driving, the use of undesignated areas by pedestrians and non-compliance with traffic rules and regulations.
"The Authority wishes to remind all drivers to be responsible and extra careful while observing traffic rules on our roads over this December festive month," reads the cautionary message by NTSA, in part.
"With many Kenyans embarking on road journeys during the month, we also need to be cautious of other road safety concerns that may lead to driver distraction," added NTSA.
Among other measures the road safety authority came up with was to set stringent conditions for night travel by Public Service Vehicles to curb accidents.
Drivers and conductors of PSV's were warned with dire consequences if they are found working while drunk.
"Being drunk while on duty is a dangerous trend by PSV drivers and conductors who are entrusted with the safe transportation of passengers. The Authority will ensure that the driving licenses and badges of such PSV crews are revoked and the culprits undergo fresh training and testing," warned NTSA.
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