150 lives lost to road accidents in the last fortnight

December 15, 2017 12:04 pm
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There were accidents in Baringo and Sachangwan in the course of a few days/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – The country has lost 150 people over the past two weeks to road accidents, a majority of them being attributed to human error.

A joint statement from the National Police, Kenya National Highways Authority, and NTSA states that all the accidents were preventable if only all road users exercised caution.

According to preliminary investigations, the causes of these crashes includes overspeeding, lane indiscipline, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

NTSA however says they are working the Kenya National Highways Authority to reverse the worrying trend, by installing additional humps, rumble strips including road marking and signage.

“The National Police Service and NTSA have beefed up enforcement and patrol teams across the country. Particular attention has been given to the following hazardous zones spread across the country; Salgaa, Sachangwan, Migaa and Soysambu area in Nakuru County; Bonje area in Kilifi County; Manyani area in Taita Taveta County; Lukenya and Maanzoni in Machakos County; Kiima Kiu/Salama and Konza area in Makueni County; Ntulele and Duka Moja Market centre in Narok County; and Kenol to Sagana & Kenol to Muranga section in Muranga and Kirinyaga counties,” reads the statement.

Road users have been urged to play their rightful role in enhancing road safety by adhering to traffic rules and speak out against reckless road use.

Of great concern is the stretch between Salgaa and Mau which has witnessed a significant number of crashes in the recent past.

As a long-term measure, a dual carriageway at the 10km climbing lane section is set to be constructed and widen the Nyanja/Kamara Bridge.

This, the agencies say will ensure that the road capacity and safety is improved.

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