Don't drop road safety guard ahead of New Year


A road leading to Embu County, Kenya on November 23, 2023. PHOTO | NMG

Media reports in the past few days indicate that Kenyans largely kept the spirit of Christmas alive despite the tough economic times.

On the eve of Christmas, there was heavy traffic on the major highways as urban dwellers travelled to their rural homes to celebrate with their loved ones back in the villages.

A number of people, both well-off and not-so well-off, spared their resources to spread the Christmas cheer by hosting parties for their neighbours, donating foodstuff to children’s homes or visiting the sick in hospital.

Hotels in the popular tourist destinations such as the coast and Naivasha reported increased bookings as did public transport operators.

Unfortunately, at least six people have died, and scores left injured in road accidents over the period.

With the festive season still on and many people still travelling to mark the New Year in different parts of the country, it is important that motorists and other road users act responsibly to avert loss of any more lives or injuries.

The traffic police and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) must especially step-up enforcement of safety guidelines.

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