Nairobi Kenya: Kenya’s National Transport and Safety Authority’s Director General Francis Meja says he will seek amendments to the country’s traffic laws to have offenders work in mortuaries for hours in order to discourage them from repeating the offence, according to local media. Francis Meja said the penalties given by courts were too lenient.
“We cannot have notorious drunk drivers causing accidents yet when they appear in court the penalty is very lenient. Once we have the new policy ready then we shall ensure it becomes law,” Standard quoted him to say.
Kenya’s road safety authority is seeking to implement a new form of punishment for drunk drivers in a bid to curb accidents caused by drunk-driving.
Drunk-driving has been blamed for most road accidents in the East African country, and Meja believes the new punishment would reduce the numbers.
Kenya becomes the second country to come up with the proposal, after Thailand.
Thai officials at the time said that “the intensity” of morgue work would help give offenders a more explicit idea of the consequences of their actions.
Thailand has the world’s second-worst record for traffic fatalities, according to the World Health Organization, just behind Libya. Most of the road accidents are caused by drunken driving.
Thaliand’s morgue campaign was first introduced in April 2016. As part of Thailand program, convicted drunken drivers are put on probation and have to complete from 12 to 48 hours of community service, including attending lectures and working at a hospital morgue or hospital emergency room to avoid serving jail time.