Police release list of accident black spots in the country
23 December 2015, 12:08
Nairobi - Police have released a list of accident black spots in the country ahead of the Christmas holiday.
The country has over 160 death spots, with Rift Valley leading in the list with 12 deadly accident spots.
Standard reports that in Nairobi the most dangerous roads are Mombasa Road, followed by Thika road, Waiyaki way, Eastern bypass, Kangundo road, Northern bypass and finally Jogoo road.
In Nakuru, the most notorious crash spots are Salgaa-Kibunja stretch, Njoro Road junction, Kinungi, Gilgil junction, Ngata bridge-Sobea and Maili Mbili.
Statistics released by NTSA recently indicated that the number of people killed in road accidents this year went up 3.8 per cent compared to 2014, with pedestrians accounting for 43 percent of the total figure.
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The peak of most of these fatalities is said to be around 5 in the morning and just after dark in the evening.
Globally, 1.25 million people are killed in traffic accidents with most of the dangerous roads being in Africa.
In order to reduce traffic accidents, WHO recommends that maximum speed in urban areas should be set no higher than 50 kilometres per hour, which the government has already enacted.
Drunk driving should also be banned, limiting permitted blood alcohol levels to below 0.05 grammes and for younger drivers to 0.02 grammes.
Helmet use should also be made mandatory for all two-wheel users, including children.
Other safety standards recommended by WHO include the fastening of life-saving belts both in the front and back seats.
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