ILA is currently working on Road safety Bill that seeks to amend the Traffic Act, Cap 403 and to provide for safety measures and enforcement mechanisms and for connected purposes. The Bill will among other things focus on the following:
(3A) (1) A person shall not drive, or, being the owner or person in charge of a vehicle, cause or permit any other person to drive, any vehicle at a speed exceeding thirty kilometres per hour on any road within the boundaries of –
(a) a nursery, primary and secondary school; or
(b) an institution where children reside or normally access by children; or
(c) a public playing ground which is normally accessed by children; or
(d) an area used by children when crossing to and from school; (e) any health facility.
Accidents around schools have gone unreported for several years despite the rising cases of these accidents .Children continue to fall victims to reckless driving. This Bill speaks to the need to toughen traffic rules around schools and built up areas in order to mitigate the severity in instances when accidents occur subsequently protect the lives of children. Biologically children are top heavy and thus
stand a high chance of surviving if knocked by a slow moving car. The Traffic amendment Bill proposes a speed limit of 30KM/hr around schools. According to a report by WHO, there a quite a number of countries who have embraced this idea and statistics point to very low number of deaths resulting from road accidents.
Speed cameras cut the number of serious injuries in road collisions in the areas where they are placed by an average of more than a fifth, according to research carried out for the UK-based RAC Foundation and based on data from 551 fixed camera sites in nine areas of England. The study found that after cameras were installed the average number of fatal or serious injuries fell by 22%, but also noted that in a fraction of cases, problems increased
Kenya loses an average of 3000 lives through road traffic crashes annually, Ten times this number end up partially or permanently paralyzed, In this regard ILA in convened a CSO engagement forum on the
18th November 2012 to tackle road safety issues in the country.
ILA has also carried out several trainings for Civil Society Organizations to broaden the policy scope on effective enforcement, as well as engaged the media by holding a breakfast meeting to inform them on various ongoing efforts in Road Safety.
Media engagement on Road Safety
Pursuant to the need to reverse the impacts of road carnage coupled with the need to enhance advocacy on road safety in Kenya, the International Institute for Legislative Affairs in partnership with Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT Kenya), convened a Civil Society Organization’s half day engagement forum on Road safety in Kenya. The focus of this engagement was centered on several issues which included inter alia;
- Consolidation of positions and approach to CSO interventions in relation to road safety in Kenya.
- Fostering clarity on the country profile on Road Safety.
- Illuminating the Policy and Legislative progress on Road safety in Kenya.
- Seeking points of synergy and key issues to be centred upon by the CSO’s.
- Fostering effective advocacy to achieve collaborative efforts in Road Safety in Kenya
- In August 2013, ILA was invited to a meeting of CSOs working on road safety to share their experiences in Policy Advocacy and the role of media engagement in these processes
- ILA has carried out several trainings for Civil Society Organizations to broaden the policy scope on effective enforcement, as well as engaged the media by holding a breakfast meeting to inform them on various ongoing efforts in Road Safety