, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is urging and reminding drivers to exercise extreme caution and be careful while driving during the ongoing rainy season.
According to the Authority, wet seasons in the country have been associated with an increase in road safety concerns that lead to accidents as a result of severe wet conditions of the roads and human error of judgment caused by low visibility.
“As the country continues to experience high rainfall following earlier weather alerts by the meteorological department, it is a significant period for all road users as the wet conditions will pose danger, in form of flooding and possible destruction of road infrastructure in some areas leading to general disruption of motor vehicles and other motorized movement,” said Secretary General of NTSA Francis Meja.
Already, flash floods have been reported in most parts of the country especially in low lying areas following the El Nino rains being experienced.
NTSA also states that in conjunction with other road agencies, it will monitor the effects of the El Nino rains on the roads infrastructure and offer advisory to the members of the public on any impending dangers.
“The Authority is therefore urging motorists to drive carefully and be alert of flooding across roads. We are also urging road users who come upon flooded roads while driving, to turn around and use alternative routes to their destinations,” Meja said.
Additionally, the NTSA states that its teams in collaboration with traffic police located throughout the country are on high alert and will endeavor to detect and identify affected road sections; and advise road users accordingly.
“Information on preparedness and safety precautions on our roads during this rainy season will be regularly posted on our website:www.ntsa.go.ke and NTSA emergency numbers, 0718555999 and 0737311311, will be open to the public for emergency reporting and assistance,” he concluded.