In a bold move aimed at curbing road traffic offenses, Member of Parliament Kimani Ichungw’a has put forward a proposal to impose substantial fines on those found guilty of violating traffic regulations.
The lawmaker is advocating for a hefty fine of 500,000 Kenyan Shillings, signaling a significant departure from the current penalty structure.
Ichungw’a argues that the current fines for traffic offenses are often too lenient and fail to serve as a deterrent.
He asserts that a more substantial financial penalty will discourage reckless driving and contribute to enhanced road safety. The proposal aligns with a broader initiative to address the rising concerns about road safety in the country.
The MP emphasizes the need for a paradigm shift in how traffic violations are penalized, stating that the proposed 500,000 KES fine is commensurate with the gravity of endangering lives through reckless behavior on the road.
He believes that such a measure will not only discourage offenders but also contribute to a reduction in road accidents.
However, the proposal has sparked mixed reactions within the community. Supporters commend Ichungw’a for taking a strong stance on road safety and believe that stringent measures are necessary to instill a sense of responsibility among drivers.
On the other hand, critics argue that the proposed fine is excessively high and may disproportionately affect lower-income individuals.
As the debate unfolds, stakeholders, including road safety advocates, legal experts, and the general public, are closely watching the developments.
The proposed legislation is expected to undergo thorough scrutiny and discussions within parliamentary sessions, where its potential impact on road safety and its feasibility will be thoroughly examined.
The move by Kimani Ichungw’a underscores the ongoing efforts to address road safety challenges and encourages a national conversation on the most effective means to ensure responsible behavior on Kenyan roads.