The police are yet to release figures for this month but the old ghost of tragic road accidents seems to be rearing her ugly head yet again. Statistics for this year so far show that in Nairobi county alone 3 people are killed daily in road accidents! Particularly on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, Thika Highway and Mombasa road where up to 20 people are killed weekly!(see report) This is pretty shocking especially if the statistics are accurate because it would be a true reflection of the terrible truth that something is DEADLY wrong with Kenyan drivers and the type of DEATH driving we unapologetically flaunt on our roads day in day out
In the midst of all these horrific road accidents one thing remains crystal clear in Kenya: - the government is BANKRUPT of ideas for taming the killer Kenyan driver and his/her massacring ways. The average Kenyan driver blatantly refuses to see, hear or speak EVIL of the "death driving" culture which is basically the lack of 100% enforcement and compliance with the infamous "Michuki rules". Forget about the excuse that Michuki's rules can only be enforced by Michuki being brought back to the transport docket. Kenyans are not dying because transport ministry is in the hands of Mwakwere; Kenyans are dying because nobody cares to follow the rules whether or not they are enforced by a Michuki or a Mwakwere as transport minister
I hold no brief for Mwakwere; indeed his ministry was recently rated the worst performing in the latest public institutions' performance scorecard.However we as Kenyans are not exempt from blame either; where government enforces rules we must comply with them. Our dangerous mentality of: - "this is Kenya so it's your own fault if you don't know how to acceleate super fast and handle the performance of your motor vehicle at incredible high speeds withot being careless and killing yourself in the process" must change for the better. Driving courteously on the road is not just for trying to impress your driving instructor, it's meant to save lives. And the typical matatu driver and their flying monkey stunts and antics should not be a reason to goad anyone into engaging in Safari Rally competition driving in the city center and surrounding outskirts.
Yes you cannot legislate the will of the people but make no mistake car accidents are almost always caused by human error full stop. Speed governors and passenger safety belts and competent vehicles cannot fulfill their purpose if we continue to hold onto our "drive fast or die trying" mentality Every human being on the face of the planet fit the profile of a driver likely to be involved in a crash, no one is are exempt from causing death on the road simply because you have passed your driving test and hold a valid government driver's license. Unless you understand that your life is in the balance every time you step into that motor vehicle, you will never be able to drive carefully and stay safe on the road. Over to you Kenyans and OLE WENU