As the world observes the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport, Kipchumba Murkomen, has urged motorists to prioritize safety on the rain-disrupted roads.
In a statement on his account, Murkomen emphasized how crucial it is to follow safety rules in order to safeguard lives, especially with the current heavy rains leading to road closures in different parts of the country.
"On this World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, I urge motorists to always drive safely and protect lives. As you are aware, the ongoing rains have cut off roads in many parts of Kenya. Washouts and silting have made some roads impassable, disrupting traffic flow," Murkomen noted.
The CS pointed out the difficulties caused by inclement weather, stressing the importance of being careful, especially on roads that cross rivers or are located in areas prone to flooding.
He advised motorists to exercise discretion and steer clear of driving through flowing water, as doing so can be very dangerous for both the people behind the wheel and their passengers.
"Exercise caution, especially on roads that span rivers or run through flood-prone areas. Avoid driving through moving water. Motorists and other road users should also check out and heed advisories issued for affected roads, and avoid crossing flooded sections," Murkomen cautioned.
On this World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, I urge motorists to always drive safely and protect lives. As you are aware, the ongoing rains have cut off roads in many parts of Kenya. Washouts and silting have made some roads impassable, disrupting traffic flow.… pic.twitter.com/9ahQHlDs4p— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) November 19, 2023
Murkomen emphasized how crucial it was for drivers and everyone using the roads to stay updated on these advisories and to take them seriously.
World Day of remembrance for road traffic victims
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a global observance held annually on the third Sunday of November.
It serves as a day to remember and pay tribute to the millions of people who have lost their lives or suffered injuries in road traffic accidents.
The day also aims to show support and solidarity for the grieving families and friends affected by such tragedies.
The focus of this day is on raising awareness about the impact of road accidents and promoting measures to prevent them.