Motorbike crashes kill 19 in Western in two months

Nineteen people have been killed in crashes involving motorbike riders in Western in the last two months, regional traffic chief Mr Geoffrey Njogu said.

A total of 38 accidents were reported during the same period – which is a slight drop from last year’s statistics for the same period.

Nine passengers perished in the crashes while 10 others were seriously injured.

According to Mr Njogu said the accidents were caused by reckless driving and speeding by riders.

Investigations indicated the riders went to work while drunk, Mr Njogu said.

“Failure by motorcycle riders to observe traffic regulations is contributing to the fatalities and injuries on roads in the region,” said Mr Njogu.

The traffic boss has asked motorists and motorcyclists to drive carefully on the Kisumu-Kakamega-Webuye road which is under construction.

“With the onset of the rains, we are asking our drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads since there are ongoing road works and because of the onset of the rains,” said Mr Njogu.

He said campaign had been launched in the five counties in western to sensitise the riders on road safety to minimise accidents.

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