A total of 1,816 persons lost their lives to road accidents in the first six months of the year, fresh data by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has revealed.
Speaking during a conference on improving road transport in Mombasa on Tuesday NTSA’s Deputy Director for road safety Duncan Kibogong highlighted that Nairobi and Kiambu counties accounted for majority of the fatalities.
“Last year, Nairobi and Kiambu recorded 521 and 460 cases, respectively, with the same trend being reported this year. We have also noted that most cases, accounting for 66 percent, are happening between 4 pm and 10 pm and on weekends,” said Kibogong.
84 percent of the fatalities, Kibogong added, are men aged between 24 and 34 years.
Motorcylists, the NTSA says, are to blame for most of the accidents recorded in the period under review with such cases increasing almost tenfold from 200 in 2000 to 1,576 in 2021.
NTSA Director-General George Njau also revealed that the transport authority will this month unveil an Integrated Transport Management System (iTMS) to curb road accidents.
“At the end of June, we shall roll it out countrywide where police will be equipped with smart applications to help them automatically collect key road data for easy action,” Njau said.
“The new applications will involve having modern speed limit checkers [and] authenticating valid road users’ documents, among others.”
NTSA, Njau added, has commissioned the National Enterprise Centre that will better the processing of key documents such as driving licenses by approximately 300 percent.