Nakuru, Central lead in speeding violations, NTSA survey reveals

Motorists travelling from Nakuru are notorious for exceeding speed limits followed by those coming from the central Kenya region, a survey by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows.

Motorists in Nairobi were ranked third. The survey conducted in December shows that on average 154 motorists are caught speeding everyday by traffic surveillance cameras installed on roads around the country.

A staggering 3,388 motor vehicles were captured travelling above the speed limits by the security surveillance system between December 1 and 22.

In the Rift valley region, Nakuru recorded the highest number at nine cases per day and also remains the highest rate nationally. This accounts for about six per cent of the daily national tally.

Thika and Sagana are the most notorious speeding zones in Central Kenya while Embakasi has the highest number in Nairobi. 

The eastern region had the fewest cases, averaging two to four cases per day with parts of Mwingi, Chuka and Embu having zero cases.

The traffic cameras operate under the Integrated Command, Control and Communications Centre (IC3), which was commissioned in May, with Safaricom as the service provider.

The system that operates on 4G network has about 1,800 high-powered CCTV cameras and an emergency response contact centre that is equipped to receive up to 25,000 calls per day.

The National Police Service has also been issued with 7,600 modern communication devices and over 3,000 officers trained to operate the system termed as next generation of security enforcement in Kenya.

The launch of the system was meant to improve policing and police co- ordination. The traffic department has emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the project. The system has grown to include over 40 stations that are able to connect and relay information to the central command centre.

However questions have emerged on the capacity of the traffic department to follow up on speeding cases and catch up with the offenders.

Efforts to get a comment from the NTSA and the national traffic police commandant bore no fruit. Calls to the NTSA went unanswered.