NTSA Reveals Most Dangerous Time to Drive, Gives 7 Reasons Why

  • NTSA Director General George Njao addresses delegates at a past event.
    NTSA Director General George Njao addresses delegates at a past event.
  • The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) released a list of the most dangerous driving days and times.

    In a statement dated Thursday, November 17, the authority noted that Friday, Saturday and Sunday were the most troublesome since most fatal accidents occur then.

    Specifically, NTSA revealed that most crashes occurred between 5.00 pm and to10.00pm.

    "Most fatal road traffic crashes occur from Friday to Sunday, between 5.00pm to10.00pm The peak being 8.00p.m," read the statement in part.

    Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
    Traffic police officers stop motorists at a checkpoint.

    The authority also painted a grim picture on the road noting that the total number of victims of road accidents from January to October 30, 2022, increased to 17,550 from 16,642 in 2021.

    Deaths rose from 3,733 to 3,924, while those who sustained serious injuries increased from 8,214 cases to 7,982.

    According to NTSA, the spike cases between Friday and Sunday were largely caused by reduced enforcement, high volumes of traffic and pedestrians, and driver fatigue.

    Other causes were drink-driving, high speeds on major highways, poor lighting at the pedestrian crossing points and pedestrians crossing at non-designated or unsafe areas, and easily getting knocked by speeding vehicles.

    Pedestrians accounted for most deaths which stood at 1,413, followed by motorcyclists at 1,046, passengers (693) and pillion passengers (363).

    The agency also prepared to host 2022's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, slated to take place on Sunday, November 20.

    NTSA, in collaboration with various Government Agencies and the private sector, will hold commemorative activities in various counties.

    The areas earmarked for the festivities include Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Kericho, Eldoret, Nyahururu, Kisii, and Thika.

    Others are Machakos, Narok, Laikipia, Baringo, Kakamega, Kitale, Garissa and Voi.

    NTSA flags off new vehicles in a past event
    NTSA flags off new vehicles in a past event
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