New gadgets that will allow Nairobians to control traffic

Digital systems in Nairobi County

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a recent site visit along Uhuru Highway (Twitter)

The Nairobi County government has introduced a new traffic system that will allow pedestrians to control traffic.

The digital zebra crossing system will give pedestrians the power to stop oncoming motor vehicles to allow them to cross the road.

The pedestrians who want to cross will press a button and wait for the green light before crossing.

Motorists will be able to see a red light indicating that they should come to a stop to allow the pedestrians the right of way.

Reducing pedestrian fatalities in Nairobi

Nairobi CEC for Roads and Infrastructure Hitan Majevda explained that eight such systems have already been erected around the city as a measure to reduce pedestrian deaths.

"This is a pilot project already we have made eight installations and our aim is to have all the major avenues installed with this system.

"Our aim is to have safe spaces for our pedestrians who have been neglected by the city’s transport system," he stated.

He further advised pedestrians to adhere to designated crossing points to avoid tragic accidents.

According to recent statistics from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), pedestrians are still the most vulnerable road users compared to motorists.

"According to the latest survey, by May 9, 2019 a total of 1,192 people had died on the road compared to 1,054 who died by the same date last year. Pedestrians are still the most vulnerable with 453 having lost their lives," an NTSA report reads in part.

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