Kenya Road Traffic, July 2012
Road accidents claim up to 15,000 lives every year in Kenya. With an estimated 35 deaths for every 100,000 people, this is more people than are killed each year by malaria. The causes include speeding; drink driving; tired truck drivers; poorly trained drivers of public minibuses; and badly maintained vehicles. Enforcement of the existing laws is a problem.
Kenyan traffic police are notorious for taking bribes for minor offences rather than cracking down on drivers who brazenly flout traffic regulations. As well as those who die, thousands are injured – many of whom are confined to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives. Medical care of spinal injuries is poorly lacking and little support is offered to victims.