The Star (Nairobi)

22 July 2014

Kenya: Transport Authority Arrests Pedestrians for Not Using Footbridges

Officials from the National Transport and Safety Authority were on Tuesday at Mombasa road at Nyayo Stadium roundabout to compel pedestrians to use the footbridge on the busy road.

Pedestrians failed to use the footbridge were arrested by the police and handed over to a waiting magistrate at mobile courts set up at Nyayo stadium to pay a fine. Those who could not pay were bundled into a waiting police car.

The move is part of an initiative by the National Transport and Safety Authority in partnership with the Kenya police, prison and Judiciaryto strengthen rules on the use of footbridge,tunnels and zebra crossing by the pedestrian in sections of Nairobi.

Those who did not comply with the rules were arrested and charged under under section 90(2)(c) of Traffic Act for wilful obstructing free flow of motor vehicle and putting one's life at risk. Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with this section is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding Sh5,000.

The operation dubbed Safety First comes days after the rehabilitation of footbridges in Nairobi.

The operation's objectives was to sensitize and prosecute pedestrians crossing roads at non-designated points obstructing free flow of motor vehicles.

Leading the operation, Cosmus Ngeso, NTSA deputy director, said that Since January 100 pedestrians have died in Nairobi alone for failure to observe and use the footbridges available.

More than fifty Pedestrian were charged in today's operation

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