, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – The National Transport and Safety Authority say that this month has recorded the highest number of deaths this year with 46 percent of pedestrians accounting for the fatalities.
The death toll as of Wednesday was at 2,771 which is however lower than the 3,051 registered at the end of last year.
The Director General of NTSA Francis Meja says that this year fatalities reduced because of the firm laws adopted to curb the menace.
“We have exchanged ideas on what needs to be done and we are actually giving an undertaking that this year the fatalities will be below the 3,000 mark,” he stated.
Over 4,000 people have been arrested and prosecuted in the last year for drink-driving.
Speaking during the meeting, Charlton Muriithi the Traffic Commandant said that despite the challenges being faced by the traffic department, they will not relent until cases of road accidents have reduced further.
“We are aware that they have numerous challenges that they face upmost being the issue of resources but amidst all the hue and cry the public makes, I want to assure you that we have a dedicated team of officers,” he affirmed.
He assured that they are dealing with the officers who engage in corruption thus compromising the safety of Kenyans on the road.
He called on drivers to be careful during this festive season but warned that, “We shall be around to make sure they do not endanger the lives of Kenyans.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Kamau appealed to the media to help them pass the message of road safety to Kenyans this festive season.