Information-led traffic policing for Kenya

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In Kenya, road traffic crashes are the third leading cause of death after Malaria and HIV/AIDS. Since September 2013, to contribute to the reduction of road injury and death on Kenyan roads, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and Handicap International (HI), with funding through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, are working to build the capacity of the Kenyan Traffic Police in Thika and Naivasha to effectively enforce road safety legislation, specifically on speeding and helmet wearing.

In 2014, the focus is on data-led traffic policing, a strategy that seeks to reinforce the use of data to inform the strategic deployment of policing resources to address “black spots”. Led by GRSP road policing expert and facilitator, Mr. Benjamin van Rooyen, the programme has trained 210 police officers between September 2013 and May 2014 in a series of 11 workshops. The data-led enforcement trainings delivered to the traffic police have improved the accuracy of their data collection and enhanced understanding of the importance of data in enforcement deployment.