Road traffic fatalities seem to be on top gear, with 1,250 lives lost for the first five months of 2021.
This represents a 26.32% increase over the same period in 2020, with the trend suggesting a record high annual figure by the end of 2021.
Persons who survived the crashes but sustained various injuries for the period were 1, 309, a rise of 26.72%.
This means eight lives perish on the country’s roads daily.
After pushing the annual road fatalities to the highest in the last 30 years in 2020, motorcycle accidents contributed to 538 road fatalities over the period.
The trend has compelled the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) to intensify efforts to address road accidents with daily inspection of vehicles at bus terminals.
Inter-city vehicles contributed the highest number of accidents hence the focus on tackling safety