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Murkomen vows to act after viral video of revellers in Mercedes breaking rules on Mombasa Road

Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen on Monday vowed to take action on a motor vehicle that was filmed along Mombasa Road with two individuals hanging.

The undated clip which has since gone viral, elicited mixed reactions on social media platforms.

The transport CS re-posted the clip on his official X account and called out the owner of the car for the blatant reckless driving.

He wondered why the owner of the car could break traffic rules on the busy Mombasa Road, wondering if the stunts were meant to taunt him to see how he would react as Roads Minister.

“Mr James Gathogo Njeri this is how your car white Mercedes Benz KCX 959B class E-250 was being driven on Mombasa road in one of those “where is the Minister” moments. We are concerned and a responsible citizen has alerted us. We shall do what we must,” Murkomen wrote on X.

“We are concerned and a responsible citizen has alerted us. We shall do what we must.”

In the clip, the two can be seen hanging by the two back seat windows and having the time of their lives as the motor vehicles speed on the busy road.

The latest incident comes just days after Murkomen said that there would be a major crackdown on individuals flouting traffic rules on the roads.

He issued new measures aimed at curbing increased cases of accidents on the roads in the country.

The measures come following a rise in road crashes with school-going children accounting for part of the fatalities recorded.

Murkomen, who was addressing the media last week directed the police and National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to heighten night enforcement and random checks on major highways, especially black-spots.

He attributed the rising cases of road accidents to recklessness, including drivers parking vehicles on highways, speeding and vehicles not being fitted with speed limiters.

Latest data from NTSA reveals that at least 1,213 people have died on the road in the past three months.

Pedestrians account for the largest number of fatalities at 445, followed by motorcyclists at 285 and passengers at 259.

According to the data captured between January 1 and April 3, pillion (motorcycle) passengers came fourth at 103 followed by drivers (99) and pedal cyclists (24).

The deaths are an increase of 5.8 per cent from 1,146 during the same period last year.

Last year, more than 4,300 people were killed in road accidents while the rest – from the 22,885 that were involved in accidents, were left with life-changing injuries.