Alcoblow is back after 60 road deaths in two days this month

By Kennedy Mwaniki On Fri, 9 Oct, 2020 11:18 | < 1 min read
Marsabit accident
A passenger bus and saloon car collided on the Marsabit-Moyale Road killing four people. PHOTO | ZADOCK ANGIRA

As the Covid-19 pandemic gripped Kenya, road crashes didn’t relent either with the National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) reporting that the country had 2,689 deaths compared to 2,655 recorded last year.

This means that there was a 1.3 percent in road deaths with the majority of the accidents attributed to failure to comply with basic road rules.

However, the number of pedestrians who were killed on the roads marginally dropped in 2020 by 59 compared to last when 1030 died.

As pedestrian deaths decreased, motorbikes increased from 534 recorded in 2019 to 774.

Worse still, the country lost 60 people with a period of two days at the beginning of this month just weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta eased lockdown measures against coronavirus.

Drink-driving and speeding were the main causes of deaths of the 60 people, with the majority of the road accidents occurring during weekends.

To curb road deaths, NTSA and police have announced nationwide enforcement operations to nab drivers flouting traffic rules.

Additionally, there will be random drink-driving tests across major towns countrywide.

Also, the police will undertake nationwide enforcement operations to address speed driving, lane indiscipline, unroadworthy vehicles among other traffic offenses.

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