NTSA: Since January of this year, 3,924 people have died on Kenyan roads.

Wreckage of matatu that collided with a fuel tanker at Ngengu area along Homa Bay - Kendu Bay road. [PHOTO| COURTESY]

Between January and October 30, 2022, 3,924 persons died on Kenyan roads, according to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

In a message to newsrooms before to the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, the National Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA) observed that this represented an increase in fatalities of 191 over the 3,733 persons who died in road crashes during a comparable period previous year.

Road accidents resulted in 8,214 serious injuries in 2021, down to 7,982 this year, a decrease of 232.

However, the number of people who suffered minor injuries increased in 2022 compared to 2021 by 949, going from 4,695 to 5,644.

According to the NTSA, the overall number of crash victims in Kenya reached a high of 17,550 during the observation period, up from 16,642 at the same time last year.

The authorities also revealed in the statement that compared to motorists, passengers, and cyclists, more pedestrians died in traffic incidents.

It was stated that 356 drivers passed away this year compared to 364 last year, and that 1,413 pedestrians died in 2022 as opposed to 1,293 in 2021.

The number of fatalities among vehicle occupants this year increased from 600 to 693, while 363 pillion passengers perished, down from 371 the year before.

53 fatalities this year involved pedal cyclists, down from 71 last year, while 1,046 riders passed away in 2022, up from 1,034 in 2021.

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