From January 2013 to date, a total of
1,725 lives have been lost through road accidents. This figure is broken down as
Pedestrians – 796; 46%
Passengers – 442; 26%
Motorcyclists – 170
Drivers – 161
Pedal cyclists – 77
Pillion passengers – 79
(Data sourced from NTSA Web-site, september 2013)
Whatever the causes of these deaths, the lion’s share (46%) is blamable to pedestrians. It is hence imperative that any efforts made to contain the deaths should be focused highly on Pedestrians. We may hence have to seek answers for the following questions;
- Are kenyans well educated on mannerisms of crossing roads?
- Do kenyan drivers project the right attitude when it comes to driving through heavily populated areas?
- Do we have road bumps in all the right sections of our highways?
- Do we have pedestrian over-passes at busy crossing points on our highways?
As one considers each of these points, we are reminded that the Mombasa road between Nyayo stadium and City Kabanas does not have a single pedestrian over-pass despite an estimated body count of two per week along this stretch! We also struggle to come to grips with the kenyan Matatu drivers who are (in)famous for cutting in, obstruction, driving on the cab and disregard of the zebra crossing…..one wonders if we have a primary school curriculum that caters for this basic training at an early age to prepare better adults. Even as we are awakened to very tough traffic regulations and equally stiff fines, matters of attitude are greatly driven by the individual. Like Jesus said, everyone is called upon to be ‘their brother’s keeper’. Good attitude calls upon all (matatu) drivers to be mindful of others even while away from the Camera…..as it is, people do behave well when they are being monitored!
Being a person in the transport industry that has been demonized by senseless accidents and deaths, I intend to give a behind-the-scenes analysis of causes of accidents on Kenyan roads and possible remedies in the next few articles. As I said earlier, ‘being our brothers keeper’ may be exemplified by sharing this information that I feel may help someone else out there and possibly save a life. Stay tuned.