Uganda Loses over 10 People Daily in Road Accident – Uganda Police

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Uganda Police has indicated that Uganda loses over 10 people daily on average in traffic road crashes.

SP Michael Kananura, the Public Relations Officer Traffic, and Road Safety in a statement made on December 14, 2023, said that vulnerable groups including Motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians form 80% of the fatalities.

He identified overspeeding as one of the major risk factors that is causing traffic road crashes in Uganda adding that an increase in speed reduces one’s reaction time, breaking distance, and stopping distance.

“The speed at which a vehicle travels directly influences the risk of a crash as well as the severity of injuries and the likelihood of death,” Kananura said.

“Our interventions strengthening operations on speeding using the already deployed speed guns and CCTV Cameras, the cameras capture the violators who are black listed and then traced for,” Kananura added.

Kananura noted that continuous education about the risks of over speeding on public roads, including the distribution of stickers with messages about road safety, such as “Go slow, your family is waiting” and “Speed kills”, needs to be done.

He identified the other factors that cause road accidents in Uganda as drunk driving, distracted driving, improper overtaking and overtaking in corners among others.

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