The number of accidents on Kenyan roads rose 24.2% to 8,919 in 2020, despite the government imposing restrictions such as curfews and a ban on inter-county movement to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Kenya’s National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) 2021 Economic Survey, published Thursday, found that the number of accidents increased in 2020 despite Kenyans working from home and less physical activity during the nightly curfew.
The report says the death toll in road accidents increased by 10.8 percent from 3,586 in 2019 to 3,975 in 2020.
“Similarly, the number of seriously injured people rose by 15.5 percent to 8,026, while the number of minor injuries rose 4.6 percent to 4,969 in the reporting period, “says the report.
The increase could indicate that the behavior and driving patterns of the people during the G e health emergencies and containments like curfews to limit the spread have changed significantly.
Drivers who have stayed on the roads are risky behaviors like speeding and drunk driving that made the roads fatal. Road users in particular rushed to avoid the curfew in the metropolitan areas, which could have led to accidents.
“The number of drivers involved in road accidents rose by 20.0% to 1,753, while the number of Serious injuries rose by 26.6% to 824 in 2020. ”said the agency Working from home and reducing the capacity of public service vehicles. The survey also found that the number of pedestrian accidents increased by 8.0% over the reporting period, from 2,950 in 2019 to 3,186 in 2020 .
The number of seriously injured people rose by 17.3% to 1,498 and accounted for 47.0% of the cases. All pedestrians were injured.
The situation for motorcyclists and passengers was bleak. During the reporting period, the number of victims of pillion passengers rose by 48.2 percent to 2,332 im Year 2020.