NTSA, Police Issue Traffic Crackdown Due To Rising Road Accidents

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The government has directed a traffic operation countrywide on motorists and vehicles following the recent surge of road accidents in the country.

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A statement by Police spokesperson Bruno Isohi Shioso on Wednesday said the crackdown would be undertaken in conjunction with the National Transport and Safety Authority.

The directive, which seeks to stem out all traffic violators will take effect starting Wednesday, 8 June 2022.

“The Inspector-General of Police and the NTSA Director-General has directed a joint Multi-Agency crackdown to weed out all noncompliant motor vehicles and motorists, who are violating the Traffic Act and related laws. The directive takes immediate effect,” read the statement.

While referring to the recent report indicating that over 1,968 deaths have been recorded as of the 3rd of June 2022, the IG noted that most crashes were a result of human-related factors.

He thus called on all road users to cooperate with the multi-agency teams as they undertake the operations.

“All motorists and other road users are requested to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies at the national and county levels towards achieving the objectives of this initiative,” stated Shioso.

IG Hillary Mutyambai further cautioned those whose vehicles do not adhere to stipulated requirements to keep off the main roads.

 “Non­compliant vehicles should be kept off public roads to avoid any inconvenience to passengers.”

At the same time, the NPS implored all road users (motorists and pedestrians) to exercise caution to avert road accidents.

“Motorists and other road users are therefore reminded to remain vigilant, cautious, and responsible whilst in charge of a motor vehicle, or whenever using a public road as pedestrians,” Shioso noted.

“A higher level of consciousness and personal responsibility towards oneself and others shall go a long way in mitigating the rising incidences of crashes.”

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