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Police collect Sh10 million in fines

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
A traffic police officer directs traffic. Photo/File
A traffic police officer directs traffic. Photo/File

More that Sh10 million in fines has been collected by the Kenya Police following the enactment of the Traffic(Amendment) Act 2012 that came into effect on December 1.

Over the past weekend alone, 1000 motorists were arrested on various offenses across the country as the police seek to reign in the wayward transport sector.

On Monday alone, Sh1.152 million was collected and 74 unruly drivers arrested. The number on Tuesday was higher as 1,600 motorists were arrested.

Prior to the new traffic laws coming into effect, a section of matatu operators and owners staged a two-day strike that paralysed transport in and around the city.

Additionally, Mps Gideon Mbuvi and Ferdinand Waititu had moved to court to halt the implementation of the new laws under a certificate of urgency.

Justice Majanja who presided over the case, declined to stop the implementation on the grounds that the laws were passed procedurally. Despite the opposition, the police have stated that they will not spare anyone contravening the new laws.

Those planning on bribing police to pay lesser penalties when caught have been put on notice. Deputy spokesman Charles Owino has given police the go-ahead to record any incidents of bribery between motorists and police.