DRIVERS AND POLICE OFFICERS
SAVE THE LIFES OF OUR LOVED ONES
Well, as the saying goes not until you wear someone’s shoes, you will never understand what fully they go through.
While nothing would explain what it feels to lose a loved one; The pain, grief, disbelief, loose of hope, general weakness and above all the endless question of Why? Only the highest God can answer. Just a few days after burying a dear one who died in a tragic road accident. This driver didn’t only kill my brother he killed me; he killed my father, mother and siblings as none of us wanted to live without my dear brother. If you ever read this just know you tore our hearts in endless pieces and expected us to live with it!!! May God forgive you, that is my pray for you.
A few days after burying my dear brother on my way to the hospital just a few meters from home as I was about to cross the northern bypass. There was a loud bang and screams behind me. To my shock an overtaking spending lorry collided with a pickup that was just entering the highway. I could not move or talk just sat down with tears rolling down my cheeks as fear trembled me, I called my cousin who took me back home and later to Hospital. The saddest thing is that the pickup driver died on the spot while the truck drivers managed to escape on feet. Do you know the most annoying and notorious thing is that most of this killers manage to escape; Yes I mean they run with their feet to God knows where.
Based on an article written Eunice Kilonzo, who is a writer at the Daily Nation, There have been 35 deaths within two weeks caused by road accidents, Keep in mind this are the recorded and may be the number is higher than that. This 35 is not only a number this is human beings, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, but they also belong to a family they are our own blood and flesh. Based on the National Transport and Safety Authority we have the following number of people killed in road accident on particular days
June 25th -5 individuals who included secondary school students on a midterm break died at Mutithi in mwea –Nairobi road it involved two matatus and a Lorry. This accident left other 30 passengers hospitalized.
30th June 2016 -15 people killed in various counties one of this involved a police vehicle
July 1st -8 died following a deadly road accident along Kiss Kilgoris county lorry rammed their car and another vehicle on the road. Young souls have gone too soon may they RIP
3rd of July 4 people died and ten more injured when a truck was in collision with several other vehicles.
2nd July dawn four killed and 30 others seriously injured near kibwezi township .here the bus crashed into a lorry as the driver tried to overtake.
The above numbers are in a week just one week, and not all accidents get recorded here.
It’s evident that drivers in Kenya should undergo refresher classes to be re-taught the very basic driving rules and regulations. They need to learn self-discipline, how to drive vehicles effectively as well as how to appropriately use indicators. Many are times you will see a driver indicate left while they are moving right and others fail to show at all. Not all drivers are the same we have slow drivers that must respect at all cost.
The Kenya police officers just issue fines and take driving licenses plus a huge amount of bribes. This actions of police officers will not reduce accidents or teach them the basic principles of road safety. Police will many times take bribes from overspending drivers as well as from high and road unworthy vehicles. This same person and vehicles that claim the life of our dear ones. While as drivers in Kenya’s we all go through the process of obtaining a driving license a greater number never follows what they learn in their respective driving schools. As a result of Corruption and Mismanagement in the police department, the role of traffic police officers as slowly weakened.
Drivers who are rushing carelessly to beat one another as if you are on race; Trying to overtake, while roads and most corners on our roads are narrow and risky the result of this is tragic road accidents that claim innocent lives
To you drivers out there stop taking innocent for your selfish gains, do you know how much people shed tears as a result of your ignorance? Do you know how many children have left orphans or how many windows and orphans are left? That money you are running after will never and can never buy a soul? Mothers are crying each day because their children are gone? I have been through this, and the pain is in me and memories still in my mind. The drunk driver out there before you hold that steering wheel you must have to be in your normal senses because if you drive you will be going out there with an intention to kill and destroy.
Other ignorant groups of drivers that drive Lorries, big buses, and trucks. They think they own the world, swinging in the road as if they own the world. Just think about the others using the road, assume they are your sisters, brothers or parents, would you still drive that way?? That careless driving thinking that your vehicle is untouchable needs to stop. The change start with you, and me speaking out.
There are those who don’t die in this accidents but end up physically challenged and live a painful life thereafter, hence this is the pain of the whole family and society as more time and capital is spent to care for them.
There is No amount of money that can bring back life even if the insurance paid the family. That money is useless and that’s the reason you will find many people don’t follow up their money after losing dear ones. The only thing that we can do is care for each other and drive safely to avoid any future deaths.