Cars Have Killed 515 Pedestrians Since January

By Soko Directory Team / Published June 21, 2018 | 7:12 am





A total of 515 pedestrians have lost their lives in Kenya through road accidents as of June 2018 compared to 497 in 2017, according to the latest survey from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

According to the survey, Outering road led with the highest number of deaths, standing at 23, making it the worst road in Nairobi.

Waiyaki Way followed closely with 22 deaths, Mombasa Road 21 and the Eastern and Northern bypasses with nine deaths each. Thika Road came in sixth with nine deaths.

So far 1,348 people have lost their lives countrywide since the year began.

The Kenya Urban Roads Authority delayed setting up footbridges along the Outering road, forcing pedestrians to jump over the highway barricades and risking their lives. Pedestrians also put their lives at risk by crossing the road wherever they wish because there are no designated crossing places.

Drivers complain the road is poorly lit, which makes it dangerous at night. Road signs are not visible, they say.

Kura had said 11 footbridges would be built across the 13-kilometer stretch but so far only one has been erected at Baba Dogo.

The national statistics for January through May show that Nairobi has the highest number of deaths at 186.

Kiambu county follows with 114, Nakuru with 92 and Machakos with 69.

Other high-risk roads mentioned in NTSA’s 2018 report are Kangundo Road, Jogoo Road and the Gilgil-Nakuru, Marigat-Loruk roads.

Across the country, the NTSA report says 515 pedestrians have died since the year began compared to 497 in 2017.

A total of 291 passengers have died, compared to 335 for last year; 257 motorcyclists compared to 222.

The report shows 145 drivers have died compared to 147 in 2017.

Commercial vehicles were most involved in accidents compared to last year when private vehicles topped the list.

Private vehicles involved in accidents were 224 while motorcycles were 193.

Last year, the Nairobi-Mombasa highway was ranked the deadliest road in the country followed by Thika Super Highway and Waiyaki Way.

In 2016, Thika Super Highway was the top high-risk road, with the Nairobi-Mombasa road in second place followed by Waiyaki Way.

Last year, commercial vehicles contributed 24 percent of road accidents, PSVs 20 percent, and motorcycles 17 percent.

The commissioner in charge of operations in the traffic department Mary Omari said last month that motorcycle operators and pedestrians account for the highest numbers of road accidents.

“We are concerned by the rising number of fatal accidents in the country, mostly caused by speeding and careless drivers,” the officer said.




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