ASP-Faridah-Nampiima police report over 300 accidents so far in April
In this period, the Uganda Police reported 362 accident victims, of which 86 died and 276 sustained injuries, according to ASP Faridah Nampiima, PRO, Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety Uganda Police. FILE PHOTO

Between April 3rd and 6th, Uganda police reported a total of 370 accidents of which 72 were fatal, 193 were serious, and 105 were minor.

The latest Uganda police report indicates that a total of 370 accidents occurred between April 3rd and 6th with 72 of them being fatal, 193 were serious and 105 were minor accidents.

According to ASP Faridah Nampiima, PRO Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety Uganda Police, there were 362 accident victims during this period and out of these, 86 people died while 276 sustained injuries.

With now most schools breaking off for holidays, ASP Nampiima urges road users to take caution and desist from reckless driving because this can easily result in further accidents.

“The season of schools breaking off for holidays is usually characterized by increased movement of persons and increased volume of traffic on the roads. All road users should expect heavy traffic on the roads and are advised to plan their journeys early to avoid rushing and reckless driving since most of them will be moving almost at the same time.”

“Schools with school vans should ensure that their drivers drive responsibly, avoid making so many trips, loading excess children on board and not to rush the students when offloading their luggage to avoid misplacements or losing them,” Nampiima urges.

In addition, she reminded public service vehicles including buses and taxes to only board from designated parks to ensure the safe travel of learners back from their respective schools.

She said they should also stick to their route charts, avoid reckless driving on the roads, and not rush the students when boarding the vehicles. Nampiima also called on boda boda riders to ride carefully while transporting students from schools to avoid road accidents

“The students are reminded to be mindful of their surroundings at all times and to cross the roads at safe designated points to avoid accidents on our roads. The Easter season is on and we remind all road users to drive responsibly. All drivers are reminded not to drink and drive, avoid speeding, ensuring that only competent drivers are on the road. By checking of their driver’s license all drivers are reminded to drive on roads with a copy of a valid driving license,” she said.

Nampiima further warned that inspection of vehicles to ascertain their road-worthiness will be done with all drivers reminded to avoid driving vehicles that are in a dangerous mechanical condition on the roads.

“Boda bodas are reminded to ride carefully to avoid accidents during this festive season. We remind all road users that road safety begins with you. Avoid behaviours that would lead you to miss use the road. We expect every road user to be considerate to each other.”

“The public can report traffic violation on our Toll free number Tel: 0800199099. Traffic directorate wishes you all a happy Easter and urges all road users to drive carefully to avoid accidents during this season,” she added.