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November 21, 2018

Death toll from road accidents rises — NTSA report

A NASA supporter who was knocked by a car during Nairobi protests against the IEBC, October 9, 2017. /REUTERS
A NASA supporter who was knocked by a car during Nairobi protests against the IEBC, October 9, 2017. /REUTERS

About 1,967 people have died on road accidents this year — 183 more than the number recorded at the same time last year.

The latest crashes report by the National Transport and Safety Authority covered January to August 26 — last Sunday.

About 2,905 were seriously injured — an increase of 286 more than last year. Those slightly injured were 3,572, 466 more than last year.

Pedestrians continue to top the list of deaths. Some 748 died compared to last year’s 693.

The NTSA blamed the crashes on inadequate footbridges and crossing points and failure to observe traffic rules.

The report shows 201 drivers died. This is a slight decline from last year’s 206. Some 531 motorcyclists died. By this time last year, 447 had died.

Boda boda riders have been on the spot since the year began.

They have been blamed for causing crashes and accused of ignoring traffic rules and involvement in crime-related activities.

Some 450 passengers have died — three less than it was last year.

 

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