Kenya sees rising death toll from road accidents

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A total of 4,023 persons were killed in road accidents across Kenya between January to October, compared to 3,340 in the same period last year, a government official said Tuesday.

Cyrus Oguna, a government spokesperson, told journalists that the increase in fatalities had been attributed to the recent move to lift the 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. curfew which had limited the number of motorists on the road at night.

“We are worried by the rising number of deaths in the country as we head to the festive season,” Oguna said during the launch of a road safety campaign along Mai Mahiu-Naivasha road about 60 km northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

He said that the most affected by road accidents were motorcycle taxi riders which recorded 1,508 deaths. And the majority of the accidents in the country involved young persons and were caused by speeding, drunk driving and careless overtaking.

The state-owned National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has embarked on a major road safety sensitization campaign on major roads ahead of the festive season. Enditem

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