Kenya road death toll among the highest globally

What you need to know:

  • he World Health Organisation says that Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda with respectively 29.1, 32.9 and 32.1 deaths per 100,000 people, are amongst the worst 10 performers — in terms of fatalities in Africa — and among the worst 20 worldwide. Uganda’s rate is a little better at 27.4.
  • Africa’s roads are the world’s deadliest for a multitude of reasons including lax enforcement of traffic rules, often due to corruption, poor road conditions, lack of pedestrian infrastructure such as pavements and crossings, and weak levels of accident and emergency care.
  • A big gap still separates high-income countries from low- and middle-income ones where 90 pc of road traffic deaths occur in spite of having just 54 pc of the world’s vehicles.

East Africa has some of the worst rates of road traffic accidents in the world, according to a new report.

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