In Summary

  • NTSA view on the increased road accidents
  • The course of bad driving behaviors by drivers

According to National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the majority of road accidents are due to many repeated bad driving.

NTSA released data shows that about 1,214 lives has lost in road accidents in the last three months.

NTSA view on the increased road accidents

Kakamega County: Road safety compliance checks along Bungoma- Kimilili Road.
/NTSA X account

 

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has attributed the rise in road carnage to “bad behavior” by drivers.

NTSA Road Safety and Safety Strategies Manager Samuel Musumba said they have observed a trend where drivers involved in accidents are repeating similar moves.

Musumba pointed out that when an accident occurs,  NTSA with the help of the police carries out investigations to pinpoint the cause.

Investigations include factors like the state of the road, signage, the mechanical condition of the vehicle – road worthiness and the state of drivers – speed and overtaking.

READ also: Nairobi Traffic Court To Sensitise Public On Road Safety Amid Concern Over Increasing Accidents

The course of bad driving behaviors by drivers

Noting that not all drivers have ‘bad road behaviours’ and that most of them are experienced in their careers, he said mental health issues have been on the rise and could be leading to accidents.

“People are going through a lot of things. Mental health issues are now coming in as well. Stress-related issues are coming in. When you do something and then you cannot explain it, that means that your mind was not here,” he said.

NTSA Deputy Director, Safety, Audit and Inspection Eng Christine Ogut said the statistics were conducted between January and April.

Pedestrians account for the largest number of fatalities, followed by motorbikes, passengers, and drivers.

In 2023, close to 3,609 people lost their lives in road accidents while in 2022 at least 4,690 people died on Kenyan roads.

NTSA Deputy Director, Safety, Audit and Inspection Eng Christine Ogut said data was a worrisome trend, with fatalities increasing by five per cent compared to the same period last year.

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