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News: Nine accident black spots in Nairobi

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There are nine sections in the Nairobi area that are notorious for accidents, and pedestrians are most at risk of being killed there.

According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), 446 people were killed in road accidents in Nairobi between March and October this year.

The director of road safety at the NTSA, Mr Mathew Munyao, said pedestrians are the most vulnerable.

Between March and October alone, 340 pedestrians were killed in the city.

“Pedestrian fatalities in Nairobi account for around 50 per cent of the national pedestrian fatalities. Other cities and towns average a monthly rate of two to three fatalities,” he said.

In the same period, 28 motorists, 40 boda boda operators and 28 passengers died in road crashes in Nairobi.

Mr Munyao said the high number of pedestrians killed informed some of the rules currently imposed by the NTSA so as to save lives.

He said arresting pedestrians who cross roads at undesignated areas and imposing the 50kph speed limit are some of the measures his agency has taken to reduce accidents in Nairobi County.

Police spokesperson Zipporah Gatiria Mboroki says pedestrians make up the majority of victims of road accidents in Nairobi.

She says pedestrians avoid using footbridges when crossing the road and are vulnerable.

There are few or no footbridges along Mombasa Road, Jogoo Road and in Westlands, thus exposing pedestrians to accidents.

Drunken driving is also a major cause of accidents in the city, she says.

If you are a pedestrian, a motorcyclist or a motorist in Nairobi, there are nine black spots that you should watch out for.

Here is the list of the black spots and the reasons accidents are common there:

1. Pangani area on Thika Road: Pedestrians are more vulnerable here. Most of them fail to use designated crossing areas. Speeding motorists also end up hitting pedestrians.

A pedestrian avoids using a footbridge and crosses on a non-designated area at Ngara, near the Pangani area, in Nairobi. A barbed wire installed on a road barrier has been cut by pedestrians who avoid using the footbridge. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

2. Kasarani-GSU stretch on Thika Road: The footbridges used by pedestrians are far apart and where they are in place, some pedestrians don’t use them.

3. Kenyatta University on Thika Road: Pedestrians’ failure to use designated crossing areas, and failure to obey traffic signs by both pedestrians and motorists. Drunk drivers and speeding motorists end up hitting pedestrians or rolling over.


 footbridge near the gate to Kenyatta University. This section has been named one of top accident black spots in Nairobi. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

4. Westlands-Kabete Road: No pedestrian crossing signs, and few street lights and speeding.

5. Waiyaki Way near Kangemi flyover: There are no street lights and motorists speed at this section. As in the Maziwa area on Jogoo Road, drunken pedestrians are also knocked down in this section of the highway.

6. Jogoo Road near Maziwa Stage: There are no street lights and pedestrian crossings. Drunken pedestrians also get knocked down by speeding motorists, especially at night.

7. Mombasa Road stretch between Bellevue and City Cabanas: Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are at high risk on this stretch. There are no pedestrian crossings and speeding motorists end up hitting those walking on foot, hit other vehicles or roll on the side of the highway.

A map showing the Airtel (Parkside Towers)-Cabanas stretch. This section has been named one of the top accident black spots in Nairobi. PHOTO | GOOGLE MAPS

8. Ruai Bypass: Speeding, lack of street lights and drunken driving are the causes of accidents on this stretch.

9. Langata near Carnivore junction: Drunken drivers and pedestrians are the main cause of accidents in this area due to the many entertainment joints in the area. Pedestrians also fail to use.

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