Road traffic accidents continue to be a major public health concern in Kenya, with thousands of lives lost and even more injured every year. The country has one of the highest rates of road fatalities in the world, with an estimated 15 deaths per 100,000 people.
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Several risk factors contribute to the high rate of road traffic accidents in Kenya. One of the primary factors is the poor state of the roads, with many of them being poorly maintained, narrow, and lacking in traffic signs and signals. This increases the risk of collisions and other accidents, particularly on busy highways and in urban areas.
Another major factor is the prevalence of reckless driving and speeding, which are common on Kenyan roads. Many drivers are also unlicensed or inadequately trained, which increases the likelihood of accidents. Additionally, the high number of pedestrians and cyclists on the roads, particularly in urban areas, adds to the risk of accidents.
Other factors include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fatigue and distraction, and inadequate enforcement of traffic laws and regulations. Addressing these risk factors through improved road infrastructure, stricter traffic laws and regulations, and increased public awareness and education is crucial to reducing the number of road traffic accidents in Kenya
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