NAIROBI, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Monday launched the United Nations Global Road Safety Week campaign aimed at reducing the number of deaths on the highways.
Francis Meja, director general of National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), said the government has adopted innovative and home grown initiatives to minimize road accidents.
"We intend to reduce road fatality to zero by the end of this year through the promotion of safe driving," said Meja.
He said that 99.1 percent of deaths through road accidents are caused by human error that can be minimized through awareness campaigns.
Meja said that the government intends to increase education awareness amongst pedestrians, motor cyclists and passengers as a means to boost road safety.
Kenya lost 2,919 people in 2017 and an additional 3,153 in 2018 due to road accidents with the highest number being pedestrians who happen to be the most vulnerable group.
"We encourage pedestrians to cross the roads at designated places to help reduce the loss of lives," said Meja.
He revealed that there are plans to revalidate all driving school licenses in order to assess compliance with the traffic driving school rules.
This approach, Meja said, will help weed out driving school operating without meeting the set requirements.
The private cars had caused 34 percent of road accidents followed by pedal cyclists, passenger's service vehicles, commercial vehicles and unknown hit and run cars at 21 percent, 17 percent, 15 percent and four percent respectively.