Road accidents have claimed 1,968 lives in six months

Road accidents in 2019 have increased to 13.4 percent in 2019 compared to 2018

New statistics show that 1968 Kenyans dies in road accidents since January this year.

According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the deaths are a 9.3 jump in fatalities compared to a similar period in 2021 at 1,800.

Both Nairobi and Kiambu are leading in these road accidents.

NTSA data shows that 622 pedestrians died this year compared to 586 in 2021 while 545 motorcyclists died compared to the 514 who died in 2021.

The number of pillion passengers increased to 192 while 322 passengers were killed in the period as compared to the 295 who died in 2021.

181 drivers died in the past six months down from 197 that died in the same period last year while 29 pedal cyclists died in the period as compared to 44 who perished last year.

Drunk driving, recklessness on roads by drivers, dangerous overtaking, drunk walking, drunk riding, and failure to use helmets among other issues have been attributed to the increase in crashes.

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