Drivers cautioned to avoid speeding to save lives

Kwale County Police Commander Josephat Kinyua has cautioned drivers in the region to avoid speeding and unnecessary overtaking to prevent the carnage on the roads.

Kinyua has advised the motorists to be safety conscious at all times while plying the roads especially during this busy political campaign season when politicians are on the campaign trail.

He says the breath- taking speed of politicians’ convoys and the lack of respect for other road users is of concern during the electioneering campaigns.

The police chief has cautioned drivers to be mindful of traffic rules and regulations in the electioneering period when there is huge traffic flow on the roads.

He also cautioned drivers to desist from wrongful overtaking and drunk-driving, noting that the greatest percentage of road accidents was due to human errors.

“It is imperative for the traffic police to be alert in ensuring that drivers did not engage in speeding and that they do the right things to save lives,” said Kinyua.

He said the loss of lives through road accidents were becoming rampant hence the need for drivers to exercise restraint while on the wheel and ensure that they obeyed the road signs.

Kinyua advised drivers not to go above stipulated speed limits on the roads as this is the major cause of most motorcar accidents.

“I advise our motorists to drive very slowly and that they should drive very carefully to minimize road fatalities,” he said.

The CPC warning comes days after the death of five people after they were involved in a motorcar accident along the Likoni-Lunga Lunga highway in Lunga Lunga Sub County.

The five were traveling in a campaign vehicle belonging to Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani when the car got a tyre burst, lost control, rolled several times before crashing 50 meters off the road.

Among those who died is the driver of the ill-fated vehicle.

Kinyua said investigations showed that the ill-fated vehicle had been traveling at a high speed.

The latest accident also comes barely a month after 21 people perished on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway in Kinango Sub County after a matatu collided head on with a trailer.

“Everybody needs safety and drivers cannot afford to be reckless driving on the roads as they are responsible for the safety of everyone,” he said.

“Motorists should drive very carefully because when they are driving they are carrying people and when vehicles overturn it is a disaster for everyone,” he added.

Kinyua revealed that the major cause of these accidents was speeding and reckless driving and advised drivers not to drive beyond prescribed speed limits on the roads.

He also charged passengers to ‘call drivers to order’ when they misbehave on the roads since their lives are at stake in such situations.


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