The Leadership of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), National Transport Safety Agency (NTSA) and National Police Service (NPS) today (November 22, 2021) conducted public sensitization activities to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
The event coordinated by the Hospital’s Road Safety Mainstreaming Committe saw all stakeholders for roadshows in downtown Eldoret.
Similar events have been scheduled across the country to remember those who have lost their lives on Kenyan roads.
In 2021 alone, 3,900 people have died on Kenyan roads attributed to Road Traffic Accidents from January up to November 16, 2021, compared to 3,200 deaths in a similar period last year, representing a 16 per cent increase.
MTRH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS, EBS, who led the World Road Day events said MTRH not only treats and manages injured patients but also advocates for Road Safety which is an effective preventive method through drivers, pedestrians observing speed limits while on the roads. This year’s theme being “ Act for Low Speed”.
Dr Aruasa said: ” the most important aspect of road safety is knowing when to slow, where to slow and when to stop. This would guarantee safety for all road users.”
He also cautioned against driving under the influence of alcohol or substance abuse while driving noting that road safety is a collective responsibility.
Dr. Aruasa appreciated NTSA, Traffic Police, Boda Boda operators, PSV drivers and the public for teaming up with MTRH to observe the day.
“Road rage cases are known to happen in a wider scale through alcohol/ drug abuse, calling for the need to mitigate it and avoid escalation of road traffic injuries” Dr. Aruasa observed.
NTSA North Rift Coordinator, Ezekiel Koech, said the Agency is proud to team up with all stakeholders to ensure safety on our roads.
Mr. Koech said everyone should comply with traffic rules, with pedestrians using pedestrian walkways and cross roads at designated points while drivers maintaining low speed to achieve safety for all.
Eldoret, Turbo, Police Traffic Commandant Mr. Harry Munene Kihara and Langas Traffic Base Commandant Mr. Abdikadir Hussein called for peace with care during electioneering period and December festivities. They asked the public not to board any overloaded vessel.