The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will start conducting random alcoblow tests in all major towns in the country from today (Friday, October 9), this is in a bid to curb the rising cases of road accidents.
According to NTSA, reports indicate that 2,689 people have been killed on Kenyan roads between 1st January and 30th September 2020. This represents an increase of 1.3 per cent compared to the same period last year, when 2,655 lives were lost.
“During this period, motor cycles and pillion passenger deaths increased by 44.94 per cent and 19.44 per cent respectively,” read a statement from the two agencies.
In what both NTSA and the National Police Service are describing as “a cause of great concern”, a total of 60 persons have been killed between 2nd and 4th October 2020, with most accidents attributed to speeding and drank driving.
Consequently, the National Police Service will embark on nationwide enforcement operations to address factors such as speeding, lane indiscipline, assessment of general compliance with Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licensing requirements, crackdown on unroadworthy vehicles among other traffic offences.
In November 2019, the Vigilance House ordered for removal of alcoblow breathalysers from all Kenyan roads until further notice, after it emerged that the devices were not serving the intended purpose.