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CHANGE OF ATTITUDE PANACEA TO ROAD CARNAGE

News of new Roads and new accidents are far from over unless we change our dangerous attitude. Our bad past has finally caught up with us. Sins of back door driving licenses, bogus vehicle inspection certificates, drink driving, driving on cell phone with one hand and other on steering wheel, individualism ego attitude of  I me and myself and so on.  Experts on Road safety have not been engaged or at least listened to despite numerous appeals

News of new Roads and new accidents are far from over unless we change our dangerous attitude. Our bad past has finally caught up with us. Sins of back door driving licenses, bogus vehicle inspection certificates, drink driving, driving on cell phone with one hand and other on steering wheel, individualism ego attitude of  I me and myself and so on.  Experts on Road safety have not been engaged or at least listened to despite numerous appeals

 

Road Carnage

ROAD CARNAGE

Now that the habitual knee-jerk aftershock rhetoric has dipped after a spate of gory accidents which claimed 40 lives in less than a fortnight. It is time to do a sober postmortem of what happened, is happening and not happening. To scrutinize the reasons behind the problem let’s take this reality into account. The Motorist Association of Kenya would like to appreciate the fact that the current figures that are being spoken of by those concerned with traffic injury prevention, and road safety in general within the Kenyan roads is on the decline trend at 3000 incidents per year despite the exponential increase of motor vehicles and quick economic activity. A retrieval of back reports even in the local newspapers indicate higher fatalities just a year and a half ago. This is due to multidisciplinary actions that have taken place in various quarters. Such actions as re-carpeting certain roads where potholes were the order of the day, flesh marking of roads in strategic places, development of highways and by passes, road users’ safety awareness education, drivers’ advance training, structural modification of Thika Super Highway to include foot bridges for the safety of pedestrians, involvement of media and public in reporting traffic offenders. Other actions included addressing human error, road design and vehicle factors such as:- Excess speeding, risky overtaking, wrong use of lanes, dangerous exiting and entering highways, driver negligence, poor driving by matatu and buses, vehicle overload, poor maintenance of vehicles, negligence by pedestrians, distraction of drivers (e.g. speaking on cell phones) and alcohol and drug abuse deterring campaigns. Ministry of Roads, Traffic Police, and The Motorist Association of Kenya as the Advocacy body for all motorists has been in the frontline ensuring increased safety on our roads. It recommends continued concerted efforts and road safety awareness education (Without which statistics would have been higher) not to be belittled or undermined for its long-term impact on road safety.

To those responsible for planning and providing roads The Motorist Association of Kenya recommends to replace age-old 2-way traffic roads that have not considered pedestrian safety and cause head-on collision with dual carriage roads with walkways and pedal-cyclist paths. They are urged to invest in publicizing black sports, widening rural roads, placing CCTV cameras in most roads as part of prevention and management of road crash incidents. Those driving on new roads for the first time are advised to obtain before the journey information concerning the status of roads.

Statistics on deaths caused through drunk-driving is worrisome. It is revolting when the same vise is promoted on billboards. This, besides building a driver/motorist unfriendly culture, it is also a distraction. Kenyan’s must decide what they want as one cannot eat the cake and still continue to have it. What is sown today bears its fruits tomorrow!

Signed – Tuesday July 30th 2013

Chairman – Motorists Association of Kenya MAK

Peter Murima

 

Watu sita wafariki ajali Limuru

Six people including a child died on the Nairobi Naivasha highway in a gruesome accident that involved the Matatu they were travelling in, a personal car and a bus. Eight others are said to be in critical condition with four of them rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital for further treatment.

 

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