Road accident deaths rise up by 261, police report

Road accident deaths rise up by 261, police report
The bus known as Home Boyz and operated that killed 56 people in Kericho. PHOTO| COURTESY

The number of road accident victims this year has risen from by 261 this year, the Traffic Department has said.

Traffic Police Commissioner in charge of operations Mary Omari said the number of accident victims rose from 2222 last year to 2483 this year.

Speaking during a sensitisation campaign that involved  the traffic department, tuktuk riders, matatu drivers and bodaboda riders, Omari attributed the rise to human error.

According to her, the Traffic Department has taken a move to create awareness on safe driving to minimise human error.

“Even though some of the accidents go unreported, the emphasis on safe driving is still on,” she said.

The Traffic boss further lamented that out of the deaths recorded this year, 930 were pedestrians.

She attributed the high number to pedestrians crossing roads at undesignated areas adding that quite a number of victims were between 20-44  years old.

Last week, over 50 people died in Kericho after a bus driver lost control at the Fort Tenan area.

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