More Kenyans die in road accidents in 2015
30 October 2015, 14:01
Nairobi - Road accidents have killed more Kenyans in 2015 than 2014, the National Transport Safety Authority NTSA has said.
NTSA Director General Francis Meja said Friday that there
were 2,434 road deaths in Kenya in 2014, up 3.8% from the previous year.
According to him, pedestrians accounting for 43 percent of
the total figure.
" Most fatalities were pedestrians hit by private
vehicles because of poor visibility, drink driving and
careless passers by," he said.
The peak of most of these fatalities is around 5 in the
morning and just after dark in the evening.
" We also want to appeal to
pedestrians and this information is very critical that should they be
using the road especially when it is dark, it very important for them to
wear reflective clothing so that they can easily be picked by the
vehicles,” he added..
Nairobi recorded the highest number of pedestrian
fatalities, he said, making the capital's roads the most dangerous in the country.
" I emphasise the need
to sensitise pedestrians on the importance of using footbridges which
are usually ignored," he added.
Efforts, he said have been made to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities saying that NTSA agents had been deployed to ensure that the public crosses the roads in the right places and walk on footpaths prescribed.
He also stated that there was need for more and more measures to curb drink driving as it was a major concern.
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