The Star (Nairobi)

13 August 2014

Kenya: We're Keen On Traffic Rules, Says Kamau

The government has intensified crackdown on drunk drivers, speeding motorists and pedestrians crossing roads in undesignated areas.

Speaking in his office after jetting back from the US yesterday, Transport Secretary Michael Kamau said this is aimed at minimising road carnage in August.

He said they are targeting boda boda operators who violate the law and carry more than one passenger.

Kamau said by July, there were only 1,616 road fatalities, a 13 per cent drop compared to a similar period last year during which the fatalities stood at 1,856.

"While the reduction is commendable, the number of fatalities is still to high, especially with regard to pedestrians and motorcyclists," he said.

Kamau said his ministry and the National Transport and Safety Authority in collaboration with the judiciary, the police and the Kenya Prisons have enhanced enforcement.

He said they are implementing the third phase of Safety First Campaign. Under this campaign, roadside mobile traffic courts have been set up across the country to deal with offenders.

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