To reduce road accidents throughout the Christmas season, Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen has announced a variety of activities.
On Tuesday, December 20, CS Murkomen told the media that the number of fatalities on the roads had increased by 3 percent as of this year's 15th of November.
According to NTSA data, there were 4,432 fatalities on the roads as of November 15th this year compared to 4,271 over the same period last year, a 3 percent increase in road carnage.
According to Murkomen, the government has strengthened its efforts to address this by putting into place a multidimensional approach that involves public education and enforcement.
The CS underscored the initiatives the government is implementing to reduce road fatalities, such as increased monitoring by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
"I have instructed the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), and the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) to boost surveillance on our roads in order to preserve a smooth flow of traffic.
"I have also directed KeNHA and KURA to ensure that all vehicles crossing weighbridges are roadworthy and comply with the provisions of the Traffic Act. In the event of noncompliance, he said, law authorities must be alerted.
The CS said that he had also given the NTSA instructions to raise awareness levels among participants in the Usalama Barabarani program and awareness campaigns in order to influence positive behavior change.
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