Traffic signs needed to prevent accidents
Shortage of traffic signs has been termed as the main cause of accidents in the Webuye Malaba highway.
The increase of accidents is still on the rise in the area the leading cause being luck of bumps and other important road signs.
According to the Bungoma traffic commander Gammal Happi, the area between, Bukembe and Malaba has no any road sign including bumps.
This area has been among the dark spots in the involvement on accidents for some time.
The traffic boss said negligence had been seen as the number one problem in the rise of the accidents involving the motorbike riders noting that despite the Bungoma traffic department holding frequent meetings with the boda boda sector they never put in practice what they are told.
Nevertheless he said many of the accidents on Malaba road can be avoided if motorists and pedestrians can be more cautious.
“Motorists must observe speed limits and give pedestrians time to cross the road. Pedestrians too should exercise patience to avoid endangering their lives.” He said.
Majority of the accidents take place on the weekends that is from Friday evening to Sunday evenings.
The alcoblow is one of the methods they have been using to arrest drunk drivers, a recent case being a track driver who was fined two hundred thousand and his license expropriated by a Bungoma court after causing an accident.
The traffic boss called upon the concern parties to set bumps and other road signs on the area to help curb avoidable road accidents.
Titus Simiyu, a driver of the 64 Bungoma Kitale shuttle for the past 5 years said, Bumps on roads should be accompanied with a sign to prevent trouble on the road saying sometimes in places with murram roads, one may find a big bumps set on the road and there is no road sign to alert on the bump ahead.
Mr. wellington Kilande a manager an instructor of the Florida driving school in Bungoma town says there has to be a sign fifty meters before indicating a bump ahead saying the current situation of no sighs has been causing accidents.
However Mr. Kilande has named stop and give way road signs as a problem to many drivers giving examples of children crossing, public foot path, zebra crossing, cyclists, bump ahead and others.
He is called upon all road users to adhere to the traffic rules and road signs approved by the ministry of roads Kenya to reduce accidents.