Kenya road deaths rise 4pc to 2,434

Road accidents killed 3.8 per cent more Kenyans between January and October 27, this year compared to the same period last year, the government said on Friday.

At least 2,434 people had died on the roads countrywide by October 27 compared to 2346 with pedestrians representing 44 per cent of the total deaths.

Data from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) also shows that 75 per cent of the 556 people who have died on the roads in Nairobi were pedestrians.

At least 415 pedestrians have been knocked dead in Nairobi with Mombasa Road being the most dangerous claiming 43. This is despite the erection of several footbridges along the road last year.

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Thika Road is the second most dangerous road claiming 34 pedestrians while 33 have died on Waiyaki Way.

The recently opened Southern bypass, the Eastern bypass, the Northern bypass, Jogoo Road, North Airport road and Kangundo Road have all claimed in excess of 10 pedestrians’ lives each.

Aertisement fees

City Hall has waived aertisement fees for corporates erecting road barriers to prevent pedestrians crossing in undesignated areas as authorities move to stem the rise of those hit by vehicles.

“We have identified the roads that are contributing (to the pedestrian deaths) and we want them (corporates) to partner with us to put in place interventions to reduce fatalities specifically for pedestrians,” NTSA director-general Francis Meja said.

“The county government of Nairobi has given a concession for those who want to erect the various panels. In terms of aertising cost, they have given a 100 per cent waiver.”

Mr Meja added that this will remove a major bottleneck for corporates who have previously expressed interest in the programme.

The barriers are expected to funnel pedestrians to use footbridges and where they are not available, only allow people to cross the roads at marked designated points.

SOURCE: BUSINESS DAILY