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Nakuru hosts World Day for remembrance of road crash victims

Rachael Atieno
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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui with a road accident survivor during commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Crash Victims at Karai, Naivasha, November 19, 2017. [Photo|Lee Kinyanjui]Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui attended commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Crash Victims at Karai, Naivasha on Sunday.This year's theme was: "Reducing road fatalities by 50%" which calls for collective responsibility to prevent and reduce road accident fatalities.Nakuru is the first county outside Nairobi to host the event.Nakuru is ranked 2nd leading county in accident numbers and fatalities in the country.From January 2017 to date, reports indicate Nakuru has lost a total of 185 people, a decrease by 24.2 per cent compared to a similar period last year.Nakuru lies along the Northern Transport Corridor where vehicles ply to Nairobi, Mombasa Western Kenya and to as far as a number of East African Countries. Most accidents are human behaviour related such as drunk driving, overlapping, speeding, etc etc. Kinyanjui said his administration was working towards conforming with the UN Decade of Action Plan 2011-2020 that calls for building capacities and improving on emergency services in a bid to prevent accidents and fatalities. "My administration will also strengthen the County Transport and Safety Committee, an initiative I started during my helm at National Transport and Safety Authority," he said.Nakuru County is among the 14 counties the CTSCs were initiated.He also condoled with the families of the Sunday morning accident at Salgaa that claimed 12 lives.During the accident, Great Rift Shuttle enroute to Eldoret from Nairobi collided head-on with trailer, killing all the 12 passengers onboard.The driver of the truck and his assistant survived and are admitted in hospital in Nakuru."My administration will be working with stakeholders such as NTSA, Kenha, emergency service providers and all road users to reduce road accidents," he affirmed.

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