NAIROBI– A total of 2,335 people have lost their lives through road accidents this year making a ten percent increase from the last year’s statistics.

Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru said statistics as at Oct 8, showed that 239 drivers, 529 passengers, 435 boda-boda operators, 42 cyclists, and 188 pillions have lost their lives this year.

He was speaking during a one-day training for motorists and boda-boda operators in Narok town where he decried that the accidents could be avoided if motorists exercised caution while on the road.

We attribute the increase in fatal accidents to the high number of vehicles and motorcycles in the country and reckless and drunk drivers. We can avoid the deaths on the road if we are more careful, he said.

Kimaru challenged everyone to be vigilant in ensuring the number of accidents reduce saying people should report reckless drivers to the police.

Before boarding a motorcycle or vehicle, check on how sober the driver is. A sober driver is always alert, he advised.

The traffic commandant said the training aimed at reducing accidents as the rainy and holiday season approached.

The Traffic Commandant particularly raised concern over the statistics of the pedestrians being killed by motorists and thus warned Kenyans against reckless crossing of roads.

Kimaru said the traffic department would soon introduce instant fines where motorists who broke traffic rules would be fined on the spot.

A number of people have called me asking when the instant fines would be introduced because they prefer resolving traffic offenses on the spot instead of moving to court, said Kimaru.

However, he clarified that capital traffic offenses like causing death would be referred to the office of the director of public prosecutions to undergo the court process.