Drunk drivers to be blacklisted, warns NTSA

Written By: Adan Mohammed/Sylvester Ruto

Drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol more than three times will be blacklisted, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has warned

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Director General Francis Meja said through the smart driving licenses, currently being rolled out, any driver found drink-driving will lose 14 points, which amounts to a suspension of six months.

He spoke during the launch of the road safety report on the Northern Corridor. Meja said the authority plans to set up roadside arrest stations.

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NTSA is indicting private motorists for the increase of road accidents in the country.

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Meja said compared to PSV, private vehicles involving in accidents have gone up tremendously.

Meja said his organization is now working with the private sector to help curb road accidents and is cautioning private vehicle owners to be careful while driving.

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The report identified 273 black spots nationally, with 199 in the Northern Corridor and 74 in Nairobi. Meja said the black spots have increased from 166 in 2013.

The report shows 2,919 people died in road crashes in 2017, a decrease of 1.6 percent from 2016.

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The Northern Corridor accounted for 42.6 percent of the fatalities, with Salgaa being the number one hotspot.

The report attributes the accidents to among others, parking of commercial vehicles along the Salgaa road. The report indicates that the government spent more than Ksh300 billion annually on road accidents.






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