The National Police Service on Friday, October 9, announced that it would carry out operations on major roads in the country in an effort to curb road accidents.
In a statement, Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai noted that the rising cases of road traffic accidents across the country were attributed to failure by drivers to comply with basic road safety requirements.
He stated that on the first weekend of October between Friday 2, and Sunday 4, 60 people lost their lives in accidents linked to over speeding and drunk driving.
File image of NTSA traffic police inspecting a PSV matatu
“To this end, the National Police Service will undertake nationwide enforcement operations to address factors such as speeding, lane indiscipline, assessment of general compliance with public service vehicle (PSV) licensing requirement, a crackdown on unroadworthy vehicles among other traffic offences,” he stated.
The IG added that the police would conduct random drunk driving tests in all major towns from October 9.
“We assure the public that measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus shall be in place when undertaking these activities,” he noted.
He stated that the measures would enhance efforts towards road safety in order to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives.
According to a report released by NTSA, 2,689 persons had lost their lives between January 1 and September 30, 2020, compared to the same period last year where 2,655 lives were lost which translates to an increase of 1.3%.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i interacts with Police officers during a past traffic crackdown