The South Nyanza National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Manager, Adan Adhow has urged drivers to ensure road safety as they transport people to various destinations during the coming festive season.
Speaking during the commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2021 at the Kisii University, Mr. Adhow said that road safety was a shared responsibility and everyone had a role to play in guaranteeing the same.
“As we are going to the festivities, we are urging PSV stakeholders to ferry our people with uttermost safety and ensure compliance,” Adhow said.
He also asked members of the public to desist from boarding vehicles that are not licensed to carry passengers to curb cases of kidnappings and killings.
Mr. Adhow pointed out that 84 people died from road carnage last year in Kisii County while this year, road accidents have claimed around 3900 lives nationally.
He noted that Boda boda operators account for 40 per cent of accidents’ fatalities adding NTSA has partnered with county governments and other institutions to ensure that Boda boda riders are trained on road safety.
Kisii University Vice-Chancellor (VC), Professor John Akama said that accidents had brought challenges in families whereby breadwinners lose their lives and others are crippled,”
The VC urged everyone to adhere to road safety measures put in place to minimize road accidents.
NTSA, Kisii University, National Police Service, Kisii County and other transport stakeholders were present at the event that was marked by a walk across Kisii town, Kisii County to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of road crashes and sensitize the general public on road safety.
By Mercy Osongo and Augustine Mosioma