9 traffic rules to observe this festive season – CS Kindiki sounds warning
The government has directed the Traffic Police to conduct a countrywide crackdown on PSV vehicles that do not comply with the set traffic rules.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary, Professor Kithure Kindiki, said in a joint-press address with his Roads counterpart Kichumba Murkomen that the government has put in place a raft of measures to ensure that Kenyans are safe as they travel during this festive season.
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“During this festive season, I have directed the police to crack down heavily, and without exceptions all those who are found flouting our traffic rules,” CS Kindiki said.
The CS has also given the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Japhet Koome, his assurance, as well as that of the government, that they will provide the police officers with the necessary support needed to enforce the safety of every Kenyan using the road.
“We expect a hundred percent compliance with all the rules and regulations governing movements on our roads. These rules must be observed in their entirety by all people irrespective of rank or other classifications.”
Prof Kindiki said that the government would immediately launch the road safety initiative on all the main roads across the country to reduce the accidents occurring during the festival seasons.
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He detailed the nine traffic rules they will be enforced during the crackdown.
- Overloading of goods and excess passengers
- Contravening licensed public service vehicle routes
- Night operation without a valid night travel license
- Operating a PSV without valid licenses
- Operating vehicles without a valid inspection
- Installation of unlawful lights on motor vehicles
- Drink driving
- Delayed removal of stalled vehicles
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The CS said those found on the wrong side of the law during the crackdown will not only be arrested but will also be subjected to the due process of the law, including instant fines where applicable.
The CS has also warned unscrupulous traders who might take the opportunity to sell illicit alcohol to Kenyans during the festivals that they will face the full force of the law.
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