Mombasa County unveils Annual Road Safety Report

MOMBASA, Kenya, Dec 5 – The County Government of Mombasa, together with Bloomberg Philanthropies, an Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), has launched the first Mombasa Annual Road Safety Report.

The survey, which sourced data from police crash records from 2019 to 2022, showed that the majority of reported deaths (93 percent) came from pedestrians, motorcyclists, tricyclists, and pedal cyclists.

Pedestrians alone accounted for about half of the reported fatalities, with males accounting for 82 percent of the reported deaths in the period.

“The highest number of deaths in 2022 occurred among those aged 20 to 29 years old. Deaths were frequently reported following crashes which occurred between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in 2022. 45 percent of the deaths occurred from crashes on weekends (Fridays to Sundays) in 2022,” the report stated.

The report also showed high-risk fatal crash locations, which included Mombasa to Nairobi Road, Mombasa to Malindi Road/Links Road, Likoni to Ukunda Road, and Changamwe Ward along Magongo Road.

The BIGRS Initiative Coordinator in Mombasa, Vipul Patel, stated that the report underscored a sobering reality and emphasized the urgent need for all stakeholders, both at the local and national levels, to collaborate and implement interventions that would help save lives.

“The burden of road traffic crashes poses a serious health, social and economic problem in Mombasa especially since a majority of those who die are young and economically active,” Patel said in Mombasa.

The Regional Technical Advisor for Africa on Road Injury Surveillance at Vital Strategies, the coordinating partner for BIGRS, Raphael Awuah, said the report findings noted the need to prioritize the safety of pedestrians, two- and three-wheelers, and cyclists in Mombasa.

“The findings on the most vulnerable groups, risk periods and high-risk locations should inform police enforcement, behavior change communication and engineering interventions to reduce the number of road traffic deaths and injuries in the county,” he added.

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Mombasa Governor Abdullswamad Sheriff Nassir commended BIGRS for partnering together to develop the report.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to our partners for the collaboration in developing this report. Road safety holds a paramount position in Mombasa’s agenda, and their unwavering support propels us to implement data-driven measures to safeguard all road users in Mombasa with a focus on vulnerable road users”, said Governor Nassir.

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