Imagine you have send your child to school in the morning only for her or him to never return following a road crash. Many school children have senselessly died on our Kenyan roads. The roads are too dangerous thus making children among the biggest casualty.
This were the sentiments that elicited in a forum organized by the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (KARA) in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development of the Columbia University to discuss the Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2014 in relation to children and young adults who need to navigate the city to get to school, clinics, playgrounds or other places they need or want to travel to
“We want to reduce the number of children dying on our roads” said Hon. Joseph Lekuton, MP Laisamis.
Apparently road crashes are avoidable if only motorist can bring their speed down to 30km/h whenever they are around schools. According to WHO the risks of serious injury is significantly reduced in an event where a crash has occurred if the driver was driving at 30km/h or less.
Parents and teachers have been asked to teach children some basic road safety rules that will help in reducing cases of road crashes
The participants also pointed to poor engineering of most roads in Kenya which lack sidewalks complicating travels to school on foot.
Lekuton added, “it is shocking when you drive around Nairobi only to see over 30 children being bundled in one van and nothing is being done.”
Most school transportation are dilapidated and are road unworthy. Despite this fact, children continue to be transported in these vehicles.
If nothing is done the cases of road crashes among school children will rise hence depleting household savings and negatively impacting the nationals’ economy.