The Star (Nairobi)

15 April 2014

Kenya: Drunk Drivers Pay Out Sh14 Million

THE government has collected more than Sh14 million in fines since it started enforcing laws on drink driving. Speaking at his offices in Nairobi yesterday, Transport Secretary Michael Kamau said the enforcement of the new laws has been success- ful in reducing the number of accidents caused by drink driving particularly in Nairobi.

He said so far 1,024 drivers have been arrested and Sh14,220,000 collected as fines as the new measures continue to bring discipline and order on the roads.

"We are happy that the levels of awareness have significantly been enhanced. NTSA will be rolling out these campaigns to all other major towns and will be- come a permanent feature,"Kamau said.

He said Kenya has been losing an average of 3,000 lives through road accidents annually, placing it among countries with the highest number of road crashes globally.

Kamau said in the recent past, vehicles on hire to social functions have been involved in fatal accidents the recent ones being at Sachangwan and on the Masii- Mbooni road. He said the vehicles contravene the licensed routes and are overloaded and drive at high speed to reach the functions on time.

The Cabinet Secretary said there has been an increase in the number of fatalities on pedestrians particularly on Sundays. He blamed it on high number of movements and many social activities. "From statistics available to us, fatalities on motorcyclists are also on the increase. We are appealing to all motorcyclists to strictly follow the law governing their operations," he said.

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