Why More Men Die on Major Highways Compared to Women - NTSA

  • A report released by the National and Safety Transport Authority (NTSA) on Tuesday, October 15, recorded that more men died from road accidents compared to women. Citizen Digital
  • The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Tuesday, October 15, released a report detailing that men were the most affected in road accidents.

    According to the statistics, the number of men dying from accidents was at a high of 83.3 per cent compared to 16.7 per cent for women.

    NTSA revealed that men were the major contributors to road fatalities in the last year with the number of deaths recorded at 2,263.

    NTSA officers inspecting a Matatu on the road. There was a 14 per cent increase in men's death in accidents compared to an 11 per cent in women as of Tuesday, October 15. Photo: File.
    NTSA officers inspecting a Matatu on the road. There was a 14 per cent increase in male deaths in accidents compared to an 11 per cent in females as of Tuesday, October 15. Photo: File.

    Women, on the other hand, contributed to only 459 of the total 2,722 deaths that occurred as a result of road accidents.

    The number of men dying in accidents also increased from 1,927 in 2018. This translated to a 14 per cent increase.

    Women also had an 11 per cent increase with the number going from 406 recorded deaths in 2018 to the current 459.

    “The variables have to be looked at from different angles. The numbers have been recorded due to previous research which put men at a higher risk of accidents,” NTSA mentioned while speaking to Kenyans.co.ke.

    Previous research noted that more men were at a higher risk of being involved in accidents due to their erratic behaviour on the roads.

    Daily Nation reported in 2015 that the high numbers of male drivers who died from accidents were due to the fact that many of them were prone to drinking and driving.

    The report also noted that most men used their phones while driving while others failed to use footbridges and instead, ran across major highways.

    Their daredevil antics put them at a higher risk compared to women who were more careful when following traffic rules.

    There were more men working in the transport industry compared to women, which was a variable that was considered in the report by NTSA.

    More accidents were recorded on the weekend with 497 and 480 happening on Saturdays and Sundays respectively. Men were also major casualties as they used dangerous routes in a bid to arrive early at their destinations.

    The report by NTSA showing the comparison of men's to women's deaths due to accidents in the year 2019. Photo: Twitter.
    The report by NTSA showing the comparison of men's to women's deaths due to accidents in the year 2019. Photo: Twitter.