Report Lists Most Dangerous Days To Drive in Kenya

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An official report from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) revealed that motorists are likely to experience fatal accidents on Sundays.

The report released on Monday, November 16, noted that Sundays had the most fatal accidents recorded in 2019. It accounted for 646 accidents, a 27.4% surge in cases compared to 550 accidents recorded in 2018. 

Saturday accounted for 612 accidents in 2019 from 550 accidents in in the year 2018. Thursday recorded the least deaths for the second consecutive year with 438 fatalities.

Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
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The report also revealed the most precarious times to drive in Kenya. The non visibility period, ranges from 5 pm to 8pm, recorded a total of 1,021 deaths. This accounted for 68.5% of the accidents recorded in 2019. The visibility period only accounted for 31.5% of the fatalities. 

Men recorded the highest fatalities with 83.3% of the deaths. In terms of age, those between 30-34 years recorded the highest number of fatalities with 384 this year.

Those within the 25-29 age bracket followed with 373 fatalities. The elderly aged 65-69 and 70 years and above recorded the least number of deaths with 140 and 187 deaths respectively.

Majority of the cars involved in road accidents were found to be commercial cars followed by private vehicles, motor cycles, PSVs, government vehicles and tuk tuks respectively. Ambulances recorded the least fatalities with only 2 fatalities over the whole year.

Road accidents are ranked among the top 10 causes of deaths globally claiming over 3500 lives daily. Furthermore, close to 50 million become either disabled or injured as a result of the accidents.

The report noted the alarming rate at which road accidents are causing fatalities. It pointed out that if the trend continues, the country expects to experience more than 2.4 million deaths per year by the year 2030.

NTSA officials pictured inspecting a matatu on the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway in December 2019
NTSA officials pictured inspecting a matatu on the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway in December 2019
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SOURCE: https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/59190-most-dangerous-days-drive-kenya-report

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