Rising road carnage worries experts

Published on 02/06/2009

By Lucianne Limo

Accidents on Kenyan roads are 20 times more than in developed countries, a group has claimed.

Federation Institute of Automobile (FIA) Foundation said road crashes kill more people in developing countries than malaria.

Kenya accounts for more than 3,000 road accidents annually.

The foundation said the rising number of accidents were affecting Kenya’s economic performance.

FIA urged road users to be of good conduct to reduce road carnage.

Dim Prospects

Speaking in Nyeri during the launch of the Road Safety Education Programme, Automobile Association of Kenya Chief Accountant Simon Maina said rising carnage was taking toll on growth and economic development.

The AA/FIA Road Safety Education Programme will see more than 3,000 primary school children benefit from education sessions conducted at the five Children’s Traffic Parks in the country.

The programme is an initiative of the FIA Foundation, AAK, Ministry of Roads and Transport.

“As a result of the increasing number of road accidents in the country, our economy continues to face very critical setbacks,” said Mr Maina.

He added: “Many people who succumb to road accidents are in the productive age segment. It is high time we joined efforts and addressed this critical issue before it becomes unmanageable”.

Safety initiative

He added that the private sector was concerned and this is why it organised the National Road Safety Education Programme. Deputy Central PC James Mugwe said relevant ministries and departments would address road accidents and related challenges.

He added support from key sectors was required to help address the challenges.

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