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Gov’t tightens road safety measures as nationwide campaigns intensify

The government has raised concern over the increased cases of road carnage that has led to unnecessary loss of lives.

Government Spokesperson Col. (RTD) Cyrus Oguna noted with concern that motorists and bodaboda riders are exhibiting high levels of lawlessness, with total disregard for safety measures, particularly, while on the campaign trails, thus endangering not only their lives, but also that of other road users.

Oguna said that cases of procession riders and motorists speeding, overlapping, driving and riding on the wrong side of the road and passengers dangerously hanging on vehicles have increased.

In a statement to newsrooms, Oguna expressed concern that the fatalities and serious injuries witnessed in recent times could be averted if motorists adhered to basic road safety rules.

He cited cases where politicians used open trucks that lack basic safety features such as seat belts to ferry supporters and can present a risk in the event of a crash.

“Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators providing transport services as part of the processions are cautioned that contravening the terms and conditions for the PSV Operator’s license will attract sanctions. PSV operators with the requisite licenses to participate in processions must prioritize the safety of passengers and other road users,” said Oguna.

He advised that motor vehicle owners have the responsibility of ensuring that their vehicles are road worthy and the drivers are licensed.

“On their part, riders and motorists should drive within stipulated speeds and not to carry excess number of passengers. Further, it has been observed that a number of campaign vehicles are covering their number plates to conceal their identity while others are operating without the plates,” said Oguna.

He warned motor vehicle owners against engaging in this practice and National Police Service (NPS) is advised to impound any vehicle contravening the Traffic Act.

“Spectators and supporters cheering their candidates are equally cautioned against being in close proximity with campaign vehicles and to keep safe distance from the roads. Considering that schools are in session, riders and drivers who are helping in the campaign of their candidates are urged not to play loud music around schools as doing so disrupts learning. They should keep a safe distance from school zones in order to ensure the safety of our children,” said Oguna.

He said that as government, they call upon all political parties and supporters to observe traffic rules as election campaign activities intensify countrywide.

“It must also be understood that road safety is a shared responsibility and the unnecessary loss of lives can be avoided if all of us ensure our own safety and that of other road users,” said Oguna.

By Joseph Ng’ang’a

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