ROAD FATALITIES

4,023 lives lost in road accidents between January and November

Mai Mahiu-Narok Road has recorded 53 fatalities.

In Summary

• The increase of motorcyclist fatalities has been attributed to untrained and inexperienced riders.

•Other causes are failure to wear protective gears, failure to use reflective vests to boost visibility, and careless riding.

The government has expressed concern about the rising cases of road fatalities in the country.

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said on Tuesday said that it is sad that the country has lost 4,023 lives on the roads in the period between January and November 21, compared to about 3,340 recorded deaths from January to December 2020.

Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna addresses passengers in a bus during a safety and sensitisation campaign for motorists along Mai Mahiu-Narok Road, Mai Mahiu on November 23, 2021.
Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna addresses passengers in a bus during a safety and sensitisation campaign for motorists along Mai Mahiu-Narok Road, Mai Mahiu on November 23, 2021.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Speaking at Mai Mahiu, Oguna said that Mai Mahiu-Narok Road has been notorious, recording 53 fatalities this year.

From the cases recorded, 1,372 are pedestrians, drivers are 403, 664 passengers, 1,508 motorcyclists, and 76 are pedal-cyclists.

Last year, the fatalities recorded were pedestrians 1,186, drivers 289, passengers 463, motorcyclists 1,324, and cyclists at 78.

Oguna said that in the past, road fatalities have been attributed to poor road infrastructure.

“However, we note with concern that even after the government's heavy investments in state-of-the-art infrastructure, more lives are getting lost on our roads,” he said.

He said that as the county approaches the festive season, the government is urging vigilance on the road among all Kenyans.

“Nobody should sit inside an overloaded or speeding matatu and keep quiet. All Kenyans must raise their voices and speak against reckless driving that may put the lives of others at risk."

“The numerous road traffic crashes across the country are taking lives of fellow Kenyans or burdening personal health insurance or having negative financial implications to those affected.”

Traffic Police officer controlling vehicles along Mai Mahiu-Narok Road, Mai Mahiu on November 23, 2021.
Traffic Police officer controlling vehicles along Mai Mahiu-Narok Road, Mai Mahiu on November 23, 2021.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Oguna said that the leading causes of road traffic crashes include; speeding, dangerous overtaking, distracted driving, lane indiscipline, drunk driving, failure to use seat belts, and driver fatigue, especially for long-distance drivers.

The increase of motorcyclist fatalities has been attributed to untrained and inexperienced riders, failure to wear protective gears, failure to use reflective vests to boost visibility, and careless riding.

The increase of pedestrian fatalities can be attributed to speeding vehicles, crossing at undesignated places, distracted driving, and drunk driving.