Nov 29, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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What design flaw? Kenha blames Expressway accidents on reckless motorists

The Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha) has blamed reckless motorists for recent crashes on the Nairobi Expressway while claiming the road has no design flaw.

During a transport and conference exhibition at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC), Mr. Samuel Omer, Kenha’s Director of Highway Planning & Design, said recent accidents were due to motorists driving drunk or wanting to get to the toll booth as quickly as possible to avoid wasting time paying.

“The drivers drove in excess of the recommended speed of 80 kilometers per hour. The investigation into the accidents continues, but the drivers drove too fast. I want to assure you that the cause is not a design flaw. Our roads are fine. However, there seems to be impatience with the time it takes to pay the toll,” he explained.

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On June 25, an accident involving three passenger cars at the Mlolongo tollbooth resulted in the death of a motorist, injuries and property damage.

Speed ​​enforcement

In a statement, Kenha said the accident involved a motorist who was traveling at high speed as he approached the exit. He urged motorists to avoid speeding.

Just under two weeks later, an Embasava Matatu rammed a private car at the same station before overturning. Both toll attendants and passengers were injured in both incidents.

Mr Omer explained that there are plans to enforce speed enforcement on the expressway exit stretches and to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding.

< p>While commenting on both accidents, government spokesman Cyrus Oguna attributed them to drivers’ disregard for speed limits, although he disclosed measures to limit road speeds were underway.