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New Traffic Act nets Sh142 million since December

BUSINESS
By - | Feb 4th 2013 | 2 min read
By - | February 4th 2013
BUSINESS

By Nicholas Waitathu

More than 90,000 traffic offenders have been arrested and charged in various courts of law across the country two months after the government operationalised new traffic law. 

Traffic Commandant of Police Benson Kibue on Sunday confirmed that since the operationalisation of the Traffic Act in December 2, police have made progress in terms of dealing with the traffic offenders flouting the traffic laws.    “Police have arrested 93,890 traffic offenders since December 2, and arraigned them in courts across the country. They have paid fines to the tune of not less than Sh142.2 million,” he said.   

Getting support

Addressing a National Road Safety Council stakeholders meeting in Nairobi on Thursday, Kibue attributed the progress achieved so far to cooperation between the industry players — mainly from the vehicles owners — and the Government.  

The traffic police boss also assured that police have enlisted the support other institutions such the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to fight corruption (EACC).

”We are aware some of the traffic police officers are still demanding and receiving bribes from matatu workers. We have enlisted support of other institution —such as the EACC and National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee  — to deal with the few rogue officers,” he said.  The officer added that Government has also increased resources to the police department so as to enhance patrolling of roads in the country.   For example, for the last one-year, more than 200 new motorcycles and several patrol vehicles have been procured. 

In the new dispensation all police officers are charged with the responsibility of implementing traffic rules in all roads, unlike before there were specific traffic officers under a base commander. 

 


 

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