By Ndungu Gachane
In bid to minimize motorbike related accidents that have rocked Gateiguru-Ithanga Makuyu road, a Gatanga based lawyer Wakili Edward Muriu has launched a sensitization campaign to the boda boda riders on road safety and traffic code.
The campaign kicked off this week where Wakili Muriu and his team sensitized the riders on the importance of observing traffic rules, wearing of reflector jackets and changing their attitude while on wheels.
Although, the well-wisher is not a civil servant or an elected leader, he said he took it upon himself to use his resources to educate the motorbike riders in bid to prevent and reduce the motorcycle incidents that have claimed lives leaving the survivors maimed and making them dependents.
“I shall crisscross the County educating our boda boda riders who play a crucial role in helping commuters to beat lengthy traffic jams in urban areas to manoeuvring difficult terrain and poor road networks in rural areas.
He noted that the government has put in place a number of measures to control the increasing accidents on the roads but there is still need for a complete change of behaviour and attitude on the roads which requires support saying Boda Boda riders, as well as pedestrians, must be responsible on the roads and wear reflective jackets which gives a clear vision to minimize road accidents.
Data by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) showed that motorcycles retained an infamous record as the highest rising cause of death on Kenyan roads despite ongoing campaigns to end this trend.
The sale of motorbikes in Kenya has grown sharply due to entry of cheaper models from China but the risks related to them has become a major concern.
Comparative statistics showed that in the year to November 2018, some 511 motorcyclists were killed on various roads — a 17 per cent jump compared to a similar window of the previous year. The number of pillion passengers killed in a similar period increased by 8.3 per cent to 220.
Kenya has an estimated road fatality rate of 20.9 per 100,000 population, higher than that of the European region (10.3 per 100,000 population) Motorcycles registered rose from 2084 units in 2003 to 16293 in 2007 then to 125,058 units in 2013.
During the event, over 500 boda boda operators draw from Kirathani, Kaguku junction and Ngelelya in Ithanga Ward received facemasks and sanitizers.