The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has attributed a significant reduction in road accidents to the installation of speed cameras on major roads nationwide.

According to Dr. Andrew Kiplagat, NTSA’s Road Safety director, the deployment of speed cameras, particularly along the Northern Corridor, has led to a notable decrease in road crashes since its implementation began last year.

While acknowledging the decline in road fatalities, Dr. Kiplagat expressed concern over the persistently high number of accidents involving pedestrians, emphasizing the need for continued efforts to enhance road safety.

Speaking at the opening of a trauma center in Karai, Naivasha, along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway by St John Ambulance, Dr. Kiplagat highlighted the importance of collaborative initiatives in addressing road safety challenges.

NTSA statistics reveal that since the beginning of the year, 649 people have lost their lives in road accidents, with pedestrians accounting for a significant portion of the fatalities, totaling 252.

Dr. Kiplagat disclosed plans for the launch of the National Road Safety Action Plan next month, aimed at tackling the escalating cases of road accidents comprehensively.

St John Ambulance CEO, Dr. James Wanjagi, emphasized the critical role of rapid response in saving lives on highways, underscoring the need for additional trauma centers along major roads to enhance emergency medical services.

The newly opened trauma center in Naivasha is set to operate round-the-clock, prioritizing accident victims while also offering medical assistance to residents.

Dr. Bob Agwata from the Ministry of Health attributed the high number of fatal accidents to reckless driving practices such as speeding, careless overtaking, and driving under the influence. He called for concerted efforts from stakeholders to train motorcycle operators in life-saving techniques, given their crucial role as first responders to accidents.

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