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Nairobi County leads in traffic deaths

15 January 2016, 08:11 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Nairobi is the County with most fatal road accidents, according to statistics released by the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA).

According to NTSA road safety report of 2015 released Thursday, the County which is the country’s capital city contributed to over 22 per cent of the total road accident related deaths last year.

“Nairobi City remained the County with the most fatal crashes in 2015 recording 668 deaths of the total 3057 deaths nationwide. Majority of the victims who lost their lives in the city, 497 were pedestrians,” said NTSA Director General, Francis Meja as he released the report.

According to NTSA, Nakuru County registered 258 deaths, Kakamega 130, Machakos 125 and Mombasa 118.

Counties which recorded few number of deaths include Lamu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir and Mandera.

The safety authority has mapped out five black spots in the city, which contributed to the most traffic accident related deaths.

According to NTSA Deputy Director and Head of Corporate Communication Dominic Kabiru, Mombasa Road (between Airtel Headquarters and City Cabanas), Thika Road (Kasarani-G.S.U Headquarters Stretch), Waiyaki Way (near Kangemi Fly Over) are some of the accident black spots.

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Others include the Westlands-Museum Roundabout, Westlands -Kabete Road, North Airport Road and Jogoo Road (near Maziwa Stage).

Kabiru explained that the major cause of the accidents in the areas mapped as black spots is speeding by motorists and inadequate pedestrian facilities such as flyover bridges.

"Since January, 59 lives have been lost in Mombasa Road, 45 on Waiyaki Way, 50 on Thika Road, 33 on Eastern By-pass and 30 on Northern By-Pass," he revealed.

According to the NTSA official, the high fatalities occurred in the black posts because most of the roads have high traffic of pedestrian and vehicles and low usage of the provided crossing areas/footbridges.

Other black spots in the country include Kinungi - Naivasha – Gilgil Toll Station, Gilgil - Mbaruk Road Section and Molo G.S.U Camp - Salgaa in the Rift Valley and Tsavo – Maungu – Voi Road Section, Wundanyi - Mwatate Road Section, Maungu - Tsavo East Gate Road Sectio and the Mazeras-Miritini Road in Coast.

In Eastern Kenya the Nkubu - Embu Road Section, Konza Junction -Salama Road Section – Mombasa/Nairobi at Chumvi Area and Salama - Sultan Hamud Road Section have recorded the highest deaths.

Kiganjo - Narumoru Road, Kibirigwi - Sagana Road Section, Limuru - Uplands Section, Thika Blue Post - Sagana Bridge Road Section are some of the most dangerous stretches in Central Kenya.

Black spots in Western Kenya include among others Mbale - Vihiga Road Section, Kakamega Chavakali Road Section, Kakamega - Kisumu – Ilesi Museno, Kakamega – Mumias Road – Makunga and the Kakamega - Webuye – Lubao road.

Nyanza on the other hand has the Awasi Ahero Road Section, Kiboswa Kisumu Road Section, Daraja Mbili - Bondo Junction and the Oyugis - Katitu Road Section.

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