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Kimaru blames reckless driving for upsurge in road carnage

18 November 2013, 12:37

Nairobi - Kenya Police Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru says that the increase in road accidents in the country is to be blamed on reckless driving.

Kimaru was reacting to news of yet another road accident where six people lost their lives near Machakos on the Nairobi Mombasa highway on Sunday.

Five died on spot following the head on collision near Cai resort, near Machakos town.

Fifteen people were injured with eight in critical condition while one person succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.

Kimaru says the continued loss of lives on Kenyan roads is to be blamed on reckless driving, citing the incident on Sunday as a case in point.

" Reckless driving is causing accidents and meaningless loss of lives. For example in the Machakos incident there was no way the driver could have overtaken from the point he tried to because it was a blind corner. It is common sense and you can see it was reckless.

" It is the thirst for money and recklessness that causes such accidents and unless there is a shift in the way Kenyan drivers and especially public transport providers think, then we will continually see such incidents, he said.

In 2013 alone, it is estimated that over 3000 lives have been lost and many more eternally destroyed due to road accidents.

- News24


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