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Vandalism, illegal structures cited for road carnages

03 January 2014, 13:56

Nairobi - The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has decried vandalism and erection of illegal structures on road reserves as the major causes of road accidents in the country.

“Illegal activities, such as vandalism, erection of illegal structure and sub-standard road bumps has in some cases contributed to road accidents in some parts of the country,” said Jon Mosonik, Permanent Secretary in the ministry.

Mosonik said that the roads authorities endeavored to ensure roads were in good condition, clearly marked and provided safety features, such as adequate road to guide motorists and pedestrians on roads.

He added that through the road agencies, the ministry would implement the removal of illegal structures on the roads, clear marking of highways and construct standard rumble strips.

In places where vandals had looted, he said the ministry would replace stolen road signs, guardrails and other road material in order to enhance road safety.

Road accidents have been on the rise in the country in the recent past leading to a number of measures being undertaken by different government bodies to deal with the issue.

Among the bodies is National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, which has called for sobriety among drivers, and the National Transport Safety Authority, which has ordered that Public Service Vehicle’s be fitted with digital speed governors.

According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety in 2013, the official figure for road traffic deaths in Kenya is 3000 but the organization estimated that the actual figure was much higher.

– CAJ News


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