In a bid to cut down road accident and continuous bloodshed, authority has revealed that all bumps and pedestrian crossings along Thika Superhighway will be scrapped out and footbridges constructed within the next six months.
The project to eliminate all bumps and pedestrian crossing is expected to take about Sh300 million, according to the statement by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
Speaking yesterday, when 45 road safety enforcement and patrol vehicles with five ambulances were commissioned, the Transport Cabinet Secretary explained that 3,057 deaths were recorded last year in the country, all allegedly caused by road accidents – which majority were caused by human error.
Noting that careless Matatu drivers played a huge role in turning the superhighway road into an accident spot, Macharia added that government intends to deter the matatu drivers from taking more live. He added that the drivers have converted the road into a place where they pick and drop passengers, and have succeeded in making the road even more dangerous.
James Macharia said:
“These matatus have to be stopped by all means. Common sense dictates that you keep left while on the road, but you see a driver on the inner lane and wonder where they took their driving lessons”.
The CS further hinted that, out of the 45 cars recently leased to revitalize road safety, three patrol cars will be assigned to the main superhighway which continues to record high accident and death rate.
Stating that the government has given the vehicles to National Transport and Safety Authority to increase patrols across the country, Macharia said about 100 police officers will work with the NTSA during patrols to ensure accountability.
He also mentioned other officials to work with the authority, to include DPP and judiciary, urging them to make sure offenders who kill people recklessly are jailed.
NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui added that the authority has placed more order to get more patrol cars amounting to 200 from the Treasury which is handling the procurement process.