A police constable based at Kabete Police station along Waiyaki on Monday, July 11, 2022, died after he rammed into the barrier that separates the main road from the service lane.
According to a police report, the deceased identified as Constable Emmanuel Mutwiri was entering the service lane leading to Kabete Police station when he crashed into the barrier.
He was evacuated and rushed to Kikuyu Mission hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
“Mutwiri was driving his vehicle KBQ 91U Nissan X Trail along Waiyaki way while entering service lane into Kabete Police Station he crashed into the barrier that separates the Main road from the service lane,”the police report reads in parts.
The body of the deceased was transferred to Chiromo Mortuary awaiting postmortem.
The incident comes a week after the Government spokesperson, Cyrus Oguna, announced that road accidents have increased by 10.5%.
Between January and June, a total of 2271 deaths have been reported contrary to the 2057 deaths reported in 2021, around the same year.
Flouting of traffic rules, reckless driving, ignoring safety measures and drunk driving have been cited as the leading causes of road accidents.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is now calling on the public to give their opinion on the implementation of the Draft Motor Vehicle Inspection 2022 and Draft Traffic (Drunk rules) 2022.
On June 21, 2022 President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the traffic Amendment Bill by Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket.
This is an improvement of the Parent law following the directive by the Court of Appeal in 2017.
In 2017, Judges GBM Kariuki, Festus Azangalala, and Fatuma Sichale of the Appeal Court ruled that breathalyzers are illegal on Kenyan roads.
The new law now states that any person driving under influence of alcohol or drugs over the prescribed measures shall be fined Ksh100,000 or two years in jail or both.