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Govt to remove Zebra Crossing, bumps on Nairobi highways

The government is working on an plan that will see the removal of zebra crossings and bumps on all major highways in Nairobi County in a move aimed at minimising road carnage.

Transport and Infrastructure Secretary James Macharia said the ministry will construct foot bridges in the affected areas to enable pedestrians have an alternative way of crossing the highway.

Macharia said the Ministry is reviewing the transport decree through inclusion and enforcement of stringent traffic rules, alongside implementing the existing laws to foster discipline on roads.

STIFF PENALTIES

While addressing journalists on Monday at Uhuru Park, during the flagging off of 45 vehicles to be used by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in enforcing traffic regulations on roads, Macharia said his office is working in collaboration with the Judiciary and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to have drivers who violate the law face stiff penalties.

NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui said the vehicles will be staged at key highways and have special devices, among them the speed gun, to detect motorists who speed on roads.

“The vehicles are also fitted with electronic gadgets, which detect drivers in possession of fake documents,” added Kinyanjui.

Out of the 45 vehicles, five are ambulances which will be staged at accident prone areas to ensure that those involved in road crashes are rushed to hospital immediately.

TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

The NTSA chair has urged motorists to adhere to the established traffic regulations, reiterating that those who will be found to have violated the law will be prosecuted.

This comes even as statistics at NTSA indicate that approximately 708 Kenyans have lost their lives this year, a figure that represents a 19 percent increase in road fatalities compared to those recorded the same time last year.