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In developed countries, drivers are horrified by the sight of a red light camera flashing at them. This is because there’s only one thing that follows… a traffic ticket in their mail box. This can be as much as $500.
Nairobi has just seen the installation of red light cameras in the CBD. This has come hand in hand with digital traffic lights with counters.
If you thought the age old habit of jumping the red light would stop, then you’re mistaken. Drivers continuing to drive even when the counter is red, at times with just a few seconds to green, is the norm not the exception.
The result is a traffic jam that is not moving. Vehicles from all directions block each other’s way all the time.
As a result of the madness, the intersection at Imenti House becomes a crowded parking lot.
It remains to be seen when the rogue drivers will start receiving tickets in their mail boxes, but perhaps we’ll first have to reinvigorate Posta.