400 school­child­ren die an­nu­ally in road ac­ci­dents, traf­fic re­port shows

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries & Judiciary -

About 400 school­child­ren die an­nu­ally in road ac­ci­dents, a re­port from the Traf­fic depart­ment shows. It says the ma­jor­ity of these ac­ci­dents oc­cur in ur­ban ar­eas. This means 2,000 chil­dren have died in the past five years. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 70 per cent of chil­dren walk to school. “We can­not af­ford to con­tinue los­ing chil­dren on the roads,” As­so­ci­a­tion for Safe In­ter­na­tional Road Travel ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Brigitte Oy­waya said. She spoke dur­ing the launch of the Ac­tion 2020 cam­paign for safe routes for school­child­ren. The cam­paigns come two years af­ter Laisamis MP Joseph Leku­ton tabled the Traf­fic (Amend­ment) Bill 2014 in Par­lia­ment, with the aim of en­sur­ing road safety for chil­dren. The Bill pro­poses that school buses con­form to safety stan­dards. “This is not a fig­ure that has just been pulled out of the thin air. The ex­ist­ing 50kph is not pro­tect­ing chil­dren,” Oy­waya said.

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