There was a three per cent increase in road accidents as of November 15, a report by the National Transport and Safety Authority shows.
Of these there was an increase of 4,432 deaths compared to 4,271 in the same period last year.
Roads and Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen said the government has stepped up to reduce accidents by adopting a multipronged strategy that entails public awareness and enforcement.
He spoke on Tuesday during the 2022 December Festivity Enforcement Initiative.
“We are working with citizens to promote personal responsibility by encouraging passengers in both private and public vehicles to speak out against reckless driving and other habits that endanger the lives of Kenyans,” he said.
The CS said a high number of road crashes occur at night due to poor visibility.
“We urge motorists especially those driving heavy commercial vehicles and public service vehicles operating at night to implement measures that will enhance visibility,” Murkomen said.
He said there should be a proper positioning of signage like triangles, chevrons and retro-reflective.
“I have instructed the Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority and Kenya Rural Roads Authority to heighten surveillance on our roads and ensure all stalled vehicles are towed within one hour, to enable smooth flow of traffic,” the CS said.
Murkomen said private motor vehicle owners, heavy commercial vehicle owners and PSV saccos should ensure drivers are well rested and vehicles well serviced before taking to the roads.
He said that NTSA should issue a road safety compliance checklist for the public and PSV sector.
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki said the festive season tends to witness a sharp rise in the number of road accidents resulting in many injuries and loss of lives.
“During this festive season, I have directed the police to crack heavily and without exceptions on those found flouting our traffic rules,” he said.
Kindiki urged Kenyans to comply with relevant traffic requirements by motorists and other road users.
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