Weekends have highest road deaths: Report
- Pedestrians and private vehicle owners are the most affected in terms of road deaths.
- The report showed that out of the 688 fatalities recorded in 2015, more than two-thirds, at 497, were pedestrians.
- Pedestrians are followed by motorcyclists who nevertheless trail farther behind in numbers.
Weekends continue to lead in the number of road fatalities in Nairobi County with private vehicle users and pedestrians bearing the biggest brunt in the last three years, a report shows.
According to the latest report by National Transport and Safety Authority, the highest number of road fatalities is reported on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The report, covering between 2015 and 2018, revealed that a total of 1,928 road users have died in road accidents in the period under review with 365 deaths this year, 414 in 2017, 461 in 2016 and 668 back in 2015.
The report showed that between January 1 and November 5, 2015, a total of 344 road users lost their lives in the three weekend days compared to 324 for the four remaining days of the week. In 2016, a total of 244 deaths was recorded during weekends compared to 217 for the remaining days over a similar period.
The trend continued in 2017 where 231 road users died in the three days compared to 183 in the other days combined.
A similar situation was also witnessed this year where 192 deaths have been recorded for the weekend against 173 for the remaining days.
At the same time, pedestrians and private vehicle owners are the most affected in terms of road deaths even though the high numbers have been reducing over the years.
The report showed that out of the 688 fatalities recorded in 2015, more than two-thirds, at 497, were pedestrians.
In 2016, a total of 299 pedestrians died on the road in Nairobi County out of the 461 fatalities recorded for pedestrians, passengers, drivers, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists. The high figures were also recorded in 2017 where pedestrians accounted for 261 deaths out of 414 that year. This year, the number is 238 out of 365 deaths.
Pedestrians are followed by motorcyclists who nevertheless trail farther behind in numbers.
This year, a total of 102 private vehicles users have lost their lives on the road out of 365 deaths recorded. PSV passengers are next at 95.
Last year, it was 117 fatalities for private vehicle users out of a total of 414 deaths. This was rivalled by PSV passengers coming a close second at 101 deaths.
In 2016, PSV passenger deaths were at 125 against 112 deaths for private vehicle owners out of the 461 fatalities recorded under the same period. In 2015, private vehicle users topped, recording 186 deaths while PSV passenger fatalities were at 162.
Mombasa Road is the county’s most deadliest road with 42 deaths, Waiyaiki Way follows with 38, newly upgraded Outering Road with 31 and Thika Super Highway with 23.
However, countrywide, as of November 11, 2018, a total of 2,642 people died with the seriously injured being 4,010 and the slightly injured 4,527. This is an increase compared to last year.