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Kenya records that over 3,000 die from road accidents since January

The number of road fatalities has risen to 3,282 this year alone, which is 21% increase to those recorded same time last year.

NTSA director General Francis Mejja said most of the accidents were caused by over-speeding, drunken driving and pedestrians crossing at non-designated areas.

He said 1,220 deaths were recorded in January, 1,474 in February and 589 in the first two week of this month.

Mejja said pedestrians continue to record the highest number of fatalities followed by bodaboda operators and their passengers.

“In January alone 49 bodaboda operators and their passenger died in road accidents,in February we lost 44 and in the first two weeks of March 19 people have died, this is worrying.” Mejja said.

He said passengers should ensure they wear a helmet and reflector jacket before boarding a motorcycle.

He added that most of the overspending cases are recorded in Naivasha and Embakassi where an average of 20 motorists are arrested and fined daily for speeding.

A petroleum tanker involved in a road accident at Migaa area along Sach-Angwan Nakuru road on Sunday evening.

“We call on passengers to assist us by reporting drunk drivers and speeding drivers to avoid such deaths” Mejja said.

By Robert Muriisa.

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