, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – The latest report by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows that the rate of road fatalities on Kenyan roads has reduced by 11.7 percent.
The authority’s chairman Lee Kinyanjui on Monday said that this forms part of the 19 percent overall reduction in road incidents between November last year and this month.
Kinyanjui attributed the reduction to a raft of measures put in place to reduce accidents, which include speed cameras on highways.
“We have erected bumps to ensure that even if you want to free-wheel, you will have to stop every maybe half a kilometre and that way, we have been able to curb the accidents. Actually in the last 90 days or so, we have not had any major challenge. Our hope is to extend this to other areas. It is not right to keep saying that this area is a black spot. The more important thing is what we are doing about the correction of that black spot. That is our focus,” he stated.
Speaking during the launch of the road safety week, Kinyanjui however indicated that more needs to be done to minimise road fatalities across the country.
“If you drive at the right speed with your safety belt on, even in instances that an accident occurs, your chances of survival are much higher. We want to put it back to the people. Do not ask what the police is doing, don’t ask what NTSA is doing, everybody has a role, whether you are a road user, a driver or a pedestrian,” he said.
He further revealed that the authority is planning to launch a campaign to ensure that all driving schools adhere to the set curriculum.
“We have been talking about the use of footbridges and we have included it as part of our program that within this week, we will be visiting our new foot bridges within Mombasa Road and I think they are more user friendly than has been the case in the past. They are easier to walk on, the gradient is better, there is more security and through partnerships with other private sector players, we expect them to be cleaner and manned round the clock,” he stated.
He also called on all stakeholders in the transport sector to unite and support the implementation of the Traffic Act.
“The Traffic Act has been amended so many times such that it loses the spirit within which it was enacted. So what we are saying is that we are working together with all the stakeholders from the police to the general public, of course the issue of boda boda PSVs was not there when the Traffic Act came so how are we going to ensure that the new challenges within the area of traffic are incorporated,” he said.
“The rafts of recommendations given by the industry players be they the boda boda… be they the PSVs are in their final stages of enactment and what we have also observed is that at the point of agreement, everything looks good, but when you start implementing, everybody you have sat with changes their tune. We want to urge all stakeholders involved to cooperate fully so that we may make our country safe.”