The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) have released a list of some of the most deadly roads in the country.
The roads were ranked based on to recent statistics of the total number of deaths recorded for the period between January and May 11, this year.
On top of the list is the Nairobi–Eldoret highway whose death toll stood at 52, closely followed by the Konza–Mtito Andei stretch where 49 people were reported dead within the five months. Nairobi–Naivasha highway, Mlolongo-Konza and Nairobi – Mlolongo roads recorded 48, 40 and 34 deaths respectively.
At sixth position is the Giligil–Nakuru road where 20 people succumbed to death over the weekend after a Busia bound bus crashed shooting the total death toll for the last five months to 28. Mtito Andei–Voi stretch documented 23 deaths, Mombasa – Kilifi had 15 casualties while Naivasha – Gilgil road was last on the list with 14 lives being lost.
According to NTSA, the total number of deaths caused by public service vehicles in this duration was 234 with 108 of them involving passenger buses.
Excessive speeding was the leading cause of the accidents according to statistics, careless overtaking, drivers losing control of the vehicle, error of judgment, brake failure, worn-out tyres and swerving followed in that order.
NTSA has cautioned drivers to be alert as they ply the red-zone routes.