NGO council to unveil Christmas road safety measures to stop road carnage

A bus belonging to St. Joseph Seminary High School, which plunged into River Enziu.

Accidents, however tragic are caused they do not just happen, the tragedy in Mwingi could have been avoided if “road discipline was enforced to the letter- NGO Council Chairman Stephen Cheboi

By The Weekly Vision Online

The NGO Council of Kenya has partnered with National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) to launch a pre-Christmas road safety campaign to stop road carnage. Serious road accidents are a common feature on Kenya roads around Christmas and New Year period.

In a press statement while condoling with relatives and friends of the Mwingi bus tragedy, Council chairman Stephen Cheboi said there was need to observe safe driving practices to save lives. He said this when he joined the country in mourning the lives lost in River Nzieu, he said there is need to style up ahead of the festive season which usually witnesses many road accidents.

Chairman of the National Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)Stephen Cheboi

Accidents, however tragic are caused and do not just happen saying the tragedy in Mwingi, could have been avoided if “road discipline was enforced to the letter.” ‘As NGO Council we urge drivers to drive carefully during rainy seasons to prevent such unfortunate calamities and urge the government to support road safety drives’. Mr Cheboi said time had come for the country to “re-embrace” the late Michuki road safety measures in the public safety sector to ensure “speed limit and safety belts” rules are enforced to the letter.

Bridges that are “death traps waiting to happen” should be scrapped, he said. “It does not help things for government to lament after tragedy strikes” he said when it could act in time to avert tragedy by fixing the bridges in bad state. He further accused county governments of failing to deliver adequate services to wananchi.

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