Mombasa roads claim 256 lives in a year, says report

Thursday, November 30th, 2023 05:00 | By
Youths offload goods from a lorry that had plunged into the Indian Ocean in Likoni, Mombasa. PHOTO/Print
Youths offload goods from a lorry that had plunged into the Indian Ocean in Likoni, Mombasa. PHOTO/Print

Some 256 people were killed between 2019 and 2022 through road crashes in Mombasa alone, according to road safety report. Out of the 256 victims, 128 were pedestrians.

The report findings as presented by road injury surveillance coordinator, Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Safety Selina Makokha, was conducted in all the six Mombasa sub-counties.

The findings showed that vulnerable road users like pedestrians accounted for 93 per cent of fatalities between the same period. The report indicates that at least 45 per cent of the crashes happened at night.

Deaths represent 44 per cent increase in 2019 with most victims being pedestrians, bicycle and motor cyclists. It also showed that 85 per cent of those injured are vulnerable road users.
From 2019-2022, the number of road traffic crashes in Mombasa rose from 222 to 290, a 31 per cent increase.

Males accounted for 86 per cent of deaths since 2019-2022.The fatalities were recorded among those aged 20-29 years in 2022. Many of the victims are working population.

The report has also highlighted the most risk roads with Mombasa- Malindi road leading with 6.2 per cent of crashes followed by the Mombasa-Nairobi highway with similar percentage.

Links road also featured prominently with high number of accidents between 2-4 pm periods. This according to the report is attributed to high traffic flow and speeding as well as introduction of speed counter measures.

The report recommends expansion of roads, increase in enforcement strategies especially on unroadworthy worth vehicles, as well as continued road safety campaigns.

It also recommends establishment of pedestrian walkways, creation of road signs and markings and creation of zebra crossing at high-risk areas and hotspots.

Mombasa governor Abdulswamad Nassir said Mombasa has suffered congestion at the medical facilities because it serves majorly all the coastal counties.

Road regulations

“Mombasa is one that has corridors that contribute to high accidents, therefore taking a toll on medical facilities especially at the Coast general teaching and referral hospital,” said Nassir.
Nassir said the county will invest in installation of signages as well as ensure full enforcement to road regulations.

National transport and safety Authority NTSA coast regional manager Caroline Sanga said road safety will be conceptionalised during road designs until the end of construction. The official declared rampant enforcement to road safety regulations among them ensure all vehicles are roadworthy.

“If only we observe road safety requirements, most of the numbers we are talking about crashes should be minimal, as NTSA we are going to do a lot of sensitisation campaigns because we have established that human error is a big contributor, “said Caroline.

She was speaking in Mombasa during the launch of the report developed by Mombasa county government in collaboration with Bloomberg philanthropies initiative for global road safety (BIRGS).

Bloomberg philanthropies initiative for global road safety BIGRS initiative coordinator Vipur Patel said Mombasa is notorious for crashes especially orchestrated by careless driving.

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