Every year, up to 12,000 people die from road accidents in Kenya, making Kenya one of the deadliest countries in terms of road fatalities. Ma3Route believes these numbers are too high; however, to do something about accidents, we need information on where they occur.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP SAVE LIVES?
Beginning this month, Ma3Route is implementing an initiative to determine where traffic accidents occur in Nairobi. Using users’ posts to Ma3Route, we will develop a real-time map that shows accident locations and highlights accident-prone areas. But to map accidents in Nairobi, we need your help.
Report Accidents and Have the Chance to Win 100 KES DAILY
Beginning March 12, 2018, Ma3Route is running a program to encourage people to report accidents whenever they see one. As a reward, EACH DAY Ma3Route will GIVE AWAY 100 KES to four people that reported an accident during the previous day. The winners will be drawn at random – so report regularly!
TO WIN: If you SEE an accident TWEET at Ma3Route! PROVIDE UNIQUE LANDMARKS that are near the accident so that it is possible to map where the accident occurred. To be entered to win, it must be possible for us to identify the location of the accident. Don’t forget to use #accident and #saferroadsKE
Example Landmarks: STREET INTERSECTIONS, STORE NAMES, MATATU STAGES, SCHOOLS
Why the Initiative Now?
Back in 2015, Ma3Route conducted a similar initiative to encourage Ma3Map users to post about accidents to develop accident maps. The program worked well, but now we’re trying to push the idea further. Using accident location information, we will determine the locations of accident hotspots then—in collaboration with other agencies—implement a series of programs to try to reduce accidents in these areas. In this way, YOUR TWEETS HAVE IMPACT and CAN SAVE LIVES!
In short, we have two main goals: 1) help citizens become aware of particularly accident-prone areas in Nairobi and 2) determine which programs can help reduce accidents.
With your help, we can make Nairobi a safer place!
Accidents in Nairobi in 2015
Accident heat-map during 2015 mapping initiative. Moving forward, we are developing an interactive map that will be updated in real-time.