The Kenyan Government has intensified the crackdown on errant motorists to curb accidents, especially during the festive season.

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki and the CS Roads and Transport Kipchumba Murkomen launched the latest road safety campaign that will increase the number of police and National Transport and Safety Authority officers on major roads in the country.

While noting most accidents are a result of human error, both Kithure and Murkomen warned that culpable motorists will face severe punishment.

According to the CSs, excessive consumption of alcohol and other substance abuse aggravates the problem.

“We will enforce the law using all means possible. This time around, it will be extremely ruthless,” Kindiki said.

On the issue of the use of the infamous breathalysers popularly known as alcoblows, Kithure suggested the police apply any available means to identify and bring drunk drivers to book.

Kindiki expressed the government’s expectation of 100 per cent compliance from motorists.

“I have directed the police to crack heavily and without exceptions on those found flouting our traffic rules,” the Interior CS said.

“We expect 100 percent compliance of the relevant traffic requirements by motorists and other road users.”

Murkomen on his part said the government was working in collaboration with citizens to promote personal responsibility by encouraging passengers to stand against reckless driving.

“We are working with citizens to promote personal responsibility by encouraging passengers in both private and public vehicles to speak out against reckless driving and other habits that endanger the lives of Kenyans,” Murkomen said.

Murkomen directed NTSA to outline a road safety checklist for motorists and other road users.

Motorists are therefore warned against flouting traffic rules such as overspeeding, drunk driving, overloading, operating without valid licences, installations of unlawful lights, delayed removal of stalled vehicles and any other traffic offences.