Road signs are an integral part of road safety. They guide drivers on what to expect on the roads as well as help other road users to make decisions. The past decade has seen the government invest colossal amounts of money in road construction and rehabilitation. There is a better road network today than was the case two decades ago. In line with that, the number of vehicles increased.
Use of motorised transport is a norm for many Kenyans including people living in the rural areas. For a road to be deemed complete, it comes with installation of safety measures such as speed bumps and road signs. It is also key to have a working drainage system to prevent water from damaging the road.
While speed bumps are intended to save lives by forcing motorists to slow down in areas characterised by increased activities, bumps have also become a factor in increased road crash fatalities. Safari Njema has previously called for standardization of the speed bump sizes, noting that some speed bumps in rural areas comprise of heaps of soil on rocks.
Installed by locals in response to crashes, and consequently lacking government approval, some of these make shift speed bums are notorious for damaging vehicle sump guard. Such bumps also lack necessary signage to inform motorists to slow down. As we head into the October- December rain season as predicted by the Kenya Meteorological Department, the government needs to step up measures that ensure roads remain safe.
Heaps of soil and trees hanging dangerously near roads should be cleared. The authorities should also clear drainage systems on the roads early enough and not wait for the rain to start. In a country grappling with high road crash fatalities, that average at 3,000 going by government figures, the government needs to act early in stemming hazards that may end up killing more.