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Govt vows stern action against traffic offenders

31 October 2013, 07:53

Nairobi - The government on Wednesday vowed to take drastic measures for road safety across the country after 11 people were killed and over 17 others injured in Nairobi.

Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Ole Lenku said investigations are being carried out to establish what caused the accident which involved a commuter train and minibus in Nairobi.

"The government has already taken measures to mitigate against factors leading to accidents but we shall not tire from doing even more in this regard until this menace is brought under control," Lenku said in a statement released in Nairobi.

According to Railway Commandant Kirimi Ringera, the 33-seater minibus was crossing the railway line as the train approached when the accident happened.

"Matatu was crossing the railway line at Mutindwa on its way to town. Train was coming from Town headed to Dandora. Matatu split into two," said Ringera.

Witnesses said a man and his wife who were driving to work in their personal car were also crashed to death in the incident

Road accidents have caused many deaths that would otherwise been preventable if concerned state agencies and individuals were concerned and respected the law.

According to the Kenya police, more than three quarters of those killed through road accidents are males and about half are children. Fifty seven percent are vulnerable road users – motor cyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.

The police statistics show over 2,600 people died while thousands others have been injured in road accidents across the country since the start of 2013.The accidents are mostly caused by both public and private vehicles, motorcycles, motorbikes and pedestrians.

Analysts say the accidents have been on the increase in Kenya this year but the police have blamed drivers who often float traffic rules.

In a statement, Lenku said traffic police department is under strict instructions to ensure that all public service vehicles on the roads are roadworthy.

"This is a non-negotiate condition for all vehicles on our roads. Similarly, traffic rules must be adhered to at all times by road users," he said.

- Xinhua


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