Black spots in Kenya are known to be the points where most road accidents that claim large numbers of lives occur repeatedly.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 3000 to 13 000 Kenyans die in road accidents every year. A majority of these people are vulnerable road users who include pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists.
There have always been different myths and explanations as to why an accident after another will happen within a given radius time and again.
The reasons notwithstanding, Kenyans need to holistically learn to obey traffic rules to reduce the road carnage.
A 2018 report by the Northern Corridor and Nairobi County Route Hazard Mapping by NTSA revealed that the number of black spots in the country has increased drastically from the 166 recorded in 2013 to 273 as at 31st July 2018.
At least 199 black spots have been identified along the Northern Corridor which stretches from Mombasa to Malaba which is 930 kilometers long.
Along the route, it passes through Nakuru, Mau Summit, where two people have already been reported dead in the last 24 hours after a tragic road accident, Kericho where 56 were killed in another horrific road accident, and Busia where 19 died in May 2017.
652 fatalities occurred on the Northern Corridor in the FY 2017/18 translating to 22percent of all Kenyan road fatalities.
74 more black spots were identified in Nairobi which covers 360 kilometers.
Northern Corridor fatalities by road user type:
1. Pedestrians – 25 percent
2. Passengers – 42 percent
3. Drivers – 15 percent
4. Motorcycle deaths – 11 percent
421 fatalities occurred in Nairobi County. This translates to 14 percent of national fatalities.
1. Pedestrians – 63 percent
2. Passengers – 10 percent
3. Motorcyclists – 16 percent
4. Drivers – 9 percent
5. Pedal cyclists – 2 percent
If using any of the following routes, kindly beware of the following black spots:
1. Kasarani G.S.U Stretch
2. Westlands Museum Roundabout
3. Westlands Kabete Road
4. Mombasa Road Between Kencell Hqrs
5. Jogoo Road Near Maziwa Stage
6. Waiyaki Way Near Kangemi Fly Over
1. Kinungi – Naivasha – Gilgil Toll Station
2. Gilgil -Mbaruk Road Section
3. Molo G.S.U Camp – Salgaa
4. Salgaa – A.D.C. Farm Section
5. Timboroa – Burnt Forest Section
6. Chepsir – Kipkelion Junction
7. Kericho – Litein Road Section
8. Kericho – Kaitui Section
9. Endebes Eldoret Road Section
10. Nanyuki Isiolo Junction
11. Nyeri – Nyahururu Wiyumiririe Area
12. Gilgil Nakuru Road Kasambara Area