Safety on our roads depends on more than Michuki rules


November 18 will be the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

The United Nations says this year’s theme is “Roads have stories”.

Kenyans will mark the day in Salgaa, on the Nakuru-Eldoret road, one of the most notorious stretches in the country.


Had we adopted the global plan and applied it effectively, most of the crashes on our roads would have been avoided.

If not properly enforced, the public and transport rules that created unnecessary economic sabotage on Monday will bring more harm than good.


Sadly, going by history, the rules might soon be gathering dust on shelves until the next grisly road accident involving a bus happens.

It should be understood that the National Transport and Safety Authority cannot solely end fatalities on our roads.

Matatus have been deemed as the only vehicles responsible for deaths on roads. This is not entirely true.


However, it is important to acknowledge that some operators disregard traffic rules.

For us to enjoy safe rides on roads, we must think beyond removing tinted windows and graffiti from PSVs and address greater threats like drink driving, poor or lack of proper road signage, bribery, lack of road lighting, poor driving skills, distracted driving, bad roads and misplaced or vandalised rail guards, even on bridges.


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