, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Motorists have been urged to exercise caution as the festive season approaches by keeping up to the stipulated speed limits while driving on public roads.
National Transport and Safety Authority Director General Francis Meja says this will reduce the number of fatal road accidents since many people will be traveling.
He spoke on Sunday during the commemoration of the World Day for Remembrance of Road Traffic crash victims where he warned of stern action against anyone breaking the law.
“I want to take this opportunity to appeal to all the coorporate organizations that we have engaged and had shown commitment in some of the commitments in some of the interventions to address some of the challenges of pedestrian in Nairobi,” he stated.
To cub the high number of road accidents, the government is now planning to acquire more additional speed cameras to curb accidents.
“We are also intending to put boundaries to prevent the conflict that is normally seen between the motorised and non motorised mode of transport.”
He further said that speed cameras will be placed in strategic places to record those breaking the law.
“We want to take this early opportunity to warn and to say that we shall be on the lookout and we want to see whether this year can be a different one especially when it comes to fatalities,” he warned.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the number of road accident fatalities has increased by 3.8 percent in 2015 compared to 2014.
There were 2,434 road fatalities with pedestrians accounting for 43 percent of the accidents reported during the period under review.
NTSA is now seeking increased support from the private sector to reduce road carnage in the country.
The call for support dubbed ‘Save 1,000 Lives’ campaign that was launched in April this year, comes at a time when road traffic fatalities for the last ten months have gone up by six percent compared to the same period last year.
Meja said it unfortunate that the gains made in 2014 were beginning to be reversed and this is attributed to a lack of enough resources to implement initiatives aimed at reducing road carnage.
National Road Safety Trust Founding Trustee Bob Collymore called on all private sector actors to support initiatives aimed at reducing road carnage as part of their corporate responsibility.
The Save 1,000 Lives campaign aims to reduce road accident fatalities by 1,000 over a period of two years by mobilising the private sector to support erection of pedestrian barriers to funnel the pedestrians to designated crossing points, assisted crossing of the road where there are no footbridges by marshals and well-marked pedestrian crossings.