There has been an alarming increase in fatal road crashes in the past few days. Nearly 20 people have perished in such incidents, some of which have been blamed on human error, especially by drivers.
Last Tuesday morning, 11 people perished when a 21-seater minibus rolled down the Thura River bridge in Embu County.
The cause of the crash is simply ridiculous: Police say the vehicle ran out of fuel while climbing the steep bridge and rolled back, overturning several times.
This smacks of criminal negligence by either the driver or the owner of the bus or both. They should ensure the vehicle is not only roadworthy, but also has enough fuel to take passengers to their destinations.
On Saturday night, four people died after four vehicles burst into flames in Narok County. A speeding truck driver has been blamed for the tragic crash.
He reportedly lost control of the vehicle he was driving while going downhill and was involved in a head-on collision with another lorry, leading to the four-vehicle pile-up. Had the driver been cautious, the four people would probably still be alive.
Coming right ahead of the festive system, when road carnage becomes rampant, this calls for more vigilance. During Christmas and New Year celebrations, there is always increased traffic as people travel to various places. PSV operators exert pressure on drivers to make many trips and earn more money, with deadly consequences.
But instead of inspecting PSVs for roadworthiness and enforcing traffic rules and regulations, police are more interested in extorting bribes.
Since January, 3, at least 3,212 people have been killed on the roads. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has reported a 25 per cent increase in road deaths from January 1 to September 20. It could get worse during the festive season, which fuels recklessness. Traffic rules and regulations must be enforced to curb carnage.