Driver Flees Kisumu Accident Injuring Five Students After NTSA Directives
It comes hours after the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) released new guidelines to curb fatalities stemming from road accidents...
Police have launched a manhunt for the driver of a matatu which was involved in a road accident along the Kendu Bay-Katito Road.
The accident which occurred on Tuesday, January 24 saw five female students currently nursing serious injuries at Nyakach Sub-County Hospital in Kisumu County.
The students, aged between 16 and 17 years, had sustained broken limbs and varying bruises after one of the tyres of the matatu they were travelling in burst before the vehicle veered off the road and overturned.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, Nyanza Regional Traffic Boss Joseph Ng'ang'a revealed that the injured persons were lucky to be alive as the driver of the ill-fated matatu fled the scene immediately after the accident.
An accident alert roadsign. /FILE
It comes hours after the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) released new guidelines to curb fatalities stemming from road accidents as students return to school from the December holidays.
NTSA urged all motorists to ensure the safety of school-going children as the new academic calendar commences, which has been reverted to the pre-COVID-19 pandemic timeline.
In addition, NTSA exposed that the back-to-school season has witnessed multiple flouting of traffic rules which have led to road accidents that have had both fatal and serious injuries.
"The Back to School season in the previous years has recorded violations leading to both fatal and serious injuries among school children and it is the responsibility of motorists to prevent these unfortunate incidences.
"We urge parents to use safe modes of transport to ferry children to and from school. Only compliant and roadworthy vehicles should be used," NTSA stated in part.
NTSA, through its free mobile app which features capabilities such as capturing the vehicles registration number, urged parents and guardians to verify;
- The registered name of the Sacco/Company/Institution
- Inspection status
- Licensed route
- Validity of the Road Service Licence
It is key to verify the information before the children board the vehicle.
The roads authority also urged PSV operators and school management to ensure that drivers and conductors tasked with carrying children are qualified and with valid badges.
"We also call upon all drivers and Boda Boda riders operating within school zones to adhere to the 30kph speed limit in line with the requirements of the law.
"Children are vulnerable road users due to their size and limitations in vision and hearing, it is therefore prudent for all road users to prioritize their safety," added NTSA.
Students were scheduled to resume school on January 23, 2023. Form One candidates are expected to report to their new schools between February 6 to February 11, while Grade 7 students will report on January 30, 2023.
During the season of returning to school, children are exposed to the dangers of boarding vehicles that are not licensed to operate as PSVs, boarding full vehicles, not fastening their safety belts and having parts of their bodies outside the vehicles, which increase the likelihood of accidents.