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Less people die on Kenyan roads

10 November 2014, 20:55 William Korir

Nairobi - Less people have died on Kenyan roads in the last one year, thanks to new measures to curb accidents, it has emerged.

The National Transport Safety Authority NTSA says that road accidents have reduced nearly 12% from a similar period the year preceding November 2013.

NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui said Monday that new measures to prevent accidents, such as speed cameras, the use of breathalysers, new road crossing rules for pedestrians and others had helped reduce road carnage.

He also added that thanks to road sensitization efforts that have also touched road users and drivers, there is increased awareness of road use and safety in general.

" There have been many improvements in the last year alone. We have seen the number of road accidents reduce and it is nit by just sheer luck but by continued hard work, he said in Nairobi during the opening of the national road safety week.

He said that the reduction was achieved thanks to the improved sensitization of all people in sectors affecting road use.

" There has been better from drivers, pedestrians and even passengers too. It is not just about the government, he said.

He added that there would be more done in the coming year to ensure that the statistics take a further downward spiral.

" We have erected bumps to ensure that even if you want to free-wheel, you will have to stop every maybe half a kilometer and that way, we have been able to curb the accidents. Actually in the last 90 days or so, we have not had any major challenge. Our hope is to extend this to other areas. It is not right to keep saying that this area is a black spot. The more important thing is what we are doing about the correction of that black spot. That is our focus," he added.

Road accidents in Kenya last year alone accounted for the death of nearly 3,500 people but that number is set to drastically reduce by the end of the year.

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