April 20, 2018

NTSA data: Sunday was the deadliest day on Kenyan roads in 2017

An accident that happened in December last year at Sachangwan. [www.businessdailyafrica.com]

Fresh data by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows Sunday was the deadliest day on Kenyan roads in 2017 accounting for 595 fatalities.

In the previous year, 2016, the highest number of deaths reported during the year was Friday and Saturday with 545 fatalities.

NTSA released the report on Monday according to Business Daily-the day when President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all its officers to be withdrawn from the roads and the mandate shifted to traffic police officers.

The road transport authority however, did not give any reason as to why there were a more deaths on Sundays in the past year.

Perhaps it could be attributed to the fatigue accumulated throughout the weekend.

The report also showed that in 2017, Tuesday’s took up a higher number of road fatalities-364 fatalities compared to 2016 where 322 deaths were reported on Tuesday’s in 2016.

Monday was highlighted as the safest day for road users in 2017. It recorded very few fatalities.

In terms of deadliest hours on the roads, 9pm was cited as the most dangerous hour in Kenyan roads with 278 deaths being reported at this hours, perhaps due to a rush to get home and poor visibility.

The safest time was 4am in the morning. At this time, there is no traffic.

December, in terms of months, was the deadliest with 356 deaths being reported compared to the same month in 2017 where 286 deaths were reported.

June, the report further cites, was the safest month in 2017 with just 178 deaths being reported.

Of the total number of accidents throughout the year, private vehicles shoulder the blame at 28 per cent.

In 2016, private vehicles contributed to road fatalities by 35 per cent.

Commercial vehicles recorded a high of 24 per cent and came in as the second largest cause of fatal accidents in 2017.

Public Service Vehicles came in as the third highest contributors of road fatalities at 20 percent.

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