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DEATH ON OUR ROADS SCRIPT– 6 MINS
Ironically, something or the other happens every day to try and stop the bloody road accidents suffered by Kenyans almost on a daily basis. The most recent activity was the donation of another speed camera to the traffic police to be used during Christmas holidays.
The camera was donated by Huawei Technologies under the banner of the National Road Safety programme.
Traffic safety is a serious problem in Kenya, with over 12,000 crashes occurring annually. Approximately 26,000 vehicle crashes are reportedly causing over 3,000 fatalities and 9,000 serious injuries. This translates to almost 35 crashes daily.
Two Women Representatives Gladys Wanga of Homabay and Priscilla Nyokabi of Nyeri county, plan to table a Road Safety motion in Parliament that would reduce the number of lives in road accidents. The two were moved by the growing number of road accidents on Kenyan roads which need to be seriously addressed through formulation and enforcement of traffic laws.
But what happened to Michuki traffic laws that actually proved to reduce the rate of carnage on our roads?
Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau in September ruled out the reintroduction of the stringent Michuki rules to help reduce road accidents and deal with rogue public service vehicles. Mr Kamau said the regulations would not be brought back as some of them were no longer implementable and would go against the new plans The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has in place of allowing passengers to stand in buses.
It is easy to remember the grisly road accident at Ntulele along the Mai Mahiu road that claimed the lives of almost 50 people and left many more injured. The accident involved a 52 seater bus which was travelling from Nairobi to Homabay via the Mai Mahiu road near Narok town. The bus was said to have rolled many times.
That’s just a reminder of the many gruesome accidents experienced on our roads every other day. Has the Government done enough? Meanwhile Kenyans continue to live in fear as nobody can really tell when a fatal road accident will strike on the highways.