It is with great concern that the Government has noted the increasing cases of road traffic accidents across the Country.
These road accidents are majorly attributed to failure in complying with basic road safety requirements.
According to a statement released by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Friday 9th October 2020, reports indicate that 2,689 people have lost their lives between 1st January and 30th September 2020. NTSA compared this number to the same period last year and noted that 2,655 lives were lost. This translates to a 1.3% increase.
The Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai and NTSA Director General George Njao further indicated that from 2nd October to 4th October 2020, a total of 60 people lost their lives.
“60 persons lost their lives of which most of the accidents were attributed to speeding and drunk driving,” the statement read.
As a result, “Random drunk driving tests shall be conducted in all major towns from today henceforth.”
Adding to that, the National Police Service will undertake nationwide enforcement operations to address factors such as speeding, lane discipline, assessment of general compliance with Public Service Vehicles (PSV), licensing requirements, crackdown on unroadworthy vehicles among other traffic offences.
NTSA assures the public that measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus shall be in place when undertaking these activities.