Drivers urged to observe roads safety during back to school

Students at Nakuru city reporting back to their varoius school after schools opened for the third term countrywide on August 29,2023.[Kipsang Joseph,Standard]

Drivers have been urged to observe roads discipline during this period when children are going back to school.

National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) manager in charge of safety programmes, Samuel Musumba, urged the drivers to be more cautious and abide by road rules safety rules.

He also urged passengers to take personal responsibility as far as their safety is concerned and challenged them to report reckless drivers.

“We have had so many challenges in this country, more accidents have been happening and we are losing so many lives it is more of personal to our driver’s responsibility to help us curb this it lies in their hands,” Musumba said.

He was speaking on Tuesday at the Country Bus station in Nairobi during public sensitisation forum for the public on road safety.

The exercise dubbed Dere Smart, was launched two weeks ago and aims to enlightens drivers and passengers to be responsible while on the road.

Musumba noted that the name Dere Smart signifies the one who obeys the law, who doesn’t speed, drives well and behaves well on the roads.

“We here to send this message that when we are out there be Dere smart, let’s drive safely and take our children back to school well,” he urged.

Musumba said that during such season many drivers abandon caution and use the opportunity to make money by going more than three trips.

“There is no harm in making your money but make it in as safe manner, drives safely even if you go for two to three trips you will still make money,” Musumba said.

He said that there has been great reduction in roads accident, according to statics which he said is a good thing.

“According to statistics, there has been a reduction in the cases of road accident by 1.9 per cent in terms of fatality rates in our country and we really want to keep this,” he said.

Musumba said that most of the road cases are behavioural issues and they can be avoided by all means if drivers are responsible.

“We want to engage with heavy commercial drivers, riders and even the passengers themselves because safety is me and you,” he said.