In Summary
  • A survey of the leading contributors to road fatalities showed that as of April 2019, 428 pedestrians had died compared with 381 in the same period in 2018.

  • And 117 drivers, 233 passengers, 323 motorcyclists and 24 pedal cyclists died in the same period compared with 101, 201, 296 and 20 respectively in 2018.

  • This brings the total number of fatalities in the period to 1125, 12.6 percent higher than the 999 figure recorded for the same period last year.

Pedestrians are the highest contributors to road accidents in the country. They also lead on the list of fatalities, a report by the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) shows.

The Road Safety Status also indicates that the highest number of road crash fatalities occur at night, with many incidents reported in the evening around 6pm and peaking at 8pm.

HUMAN ERROR

These fatalities are most likely to happen on Sundays, with 63 cases recorded as of April 2019. Monday (53), Friday (45) and Saturday (40) also have significant numbers of cases recorded.

A survey of the leading contributors to road fatalities showed that as of April 2019, 428 pedestrians had died compared with 381 in the same period in 2018.

And 117 drivers, 233 passengers, 323 motorcyclists and 24 pedal cyclists died in the same period compared with 101, 201, 296 and 20 respectively in 2018.

This brings the total number of fatalities in the period to 1125, 12.6 percent higher than the 999 figure recorded for the same period last year.

In 2018, 3,153 people died in road crashes, 144 more than the 2017 figure of 2,919. Out of the 2018 figure, 1,204 were pedestrians, 836 motorcyclists, 746 passengers, 305 drivers and 62 pedal cyclists.

The leading cause of road crashes in Kenya is human error at 99.1 per cent.

Mechanical causes contribute only 0.9 percent while there is yet to be an environmental cause registered.

As of April 2019, there were 120 crashes whose causes could not be determined, 63 due to loss of control, 27 by failing to keep to the near side, and 18 by overtaking incorrectly.

The number of those seriously injured in road accidents has also been on the rise, with 2018’s figures standing at 4,672, up from 3,943 in 2017.

IMPEDIMENT

Despite the series of ongoing road safety campaigns, the number of casualties from road accidents is still rising, as the survey shows.

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