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State to invest in tech to tame road accidents

CS Roads and Transport, Kipchumba Murkomen addressing the public and students at Mugoiri Girls High School, Murang'a, on April 04

The Ministry of Roads and Transport says it is investing in technology to tame road accidents.

Cabinet Secretary for Roads Kipchumba Murkomen says they are in the process of rolling out gadgets to monitor traffic on different roads as well as coming up with regulation that will ensure those found flouting traffic laws are prosecuted.

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A day after four people perished and scores were injured after a bus overturned at the Nithi Bridge black spot along the Meru-Nairobi highway, CS Murkomen, faulted careless drivers for the surge in road accidents saying the government will seal all loopholes to avert road carnage.

This comes as stakeholders in the public service vehicle industry embarked on a sensitization exercise to educate drivers and touts on road safety.

They pledged to prioritize mental health training which has been identified as a key contributor to careless driving leading to road carnage.

Separately, a section of the clergy from Kiambu County have faulted the Ministry of Roads and Transport and The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) over the increase in road accidents saying they are not regulating the industry.

The clergy said it was unfortunate to see Kenyans lose their lives and the Survivors not getting proper treatment.

Statics from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) reveal that more than 1100 people have lost their lives on roads in the last three months.

Fredrick Parsayo
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