In the last week, over 400 accidents have occurred in the country, according to a report issued by the Uganda Police Force on Monday, 7 2022.
On Monday, 7, 2022, the Uganda Police Force released a report indicating over 400 accidents had taken place in the country as of the previous week.
The report which analyses happenings between February 28th to March 06th indicate that up to 414 accidents occurred during this period and out of these, 75 accidents were fatal, 226 were serious while 113 were minor.
In a press release stating the findings, ASP Faridah Nampiima said there were 404 accident victims during the same period and out of these 89 people died and 315 sustained injuries.
She said regions including Kampala, Mbarara, Mityana, Lugazi, Soroti, and Tororo registered the highest number of these accident victims.
“The region of Kampala North registered the highest 09 people died and 41 were injured, Mbarara registered 08 deaths, Mityana highway 07 deaths, Greater Bushenyi registered 06 deaths, Lugazi, Soroti, Tororo, kmp South and kmp East all registered 05 deaths among others,” Nampiima said.
She, however, appealed to all road users to be cautious while driving and avoid engaging in activities that can result in accidents including driving while drunk.
Nampiima also lashed out at schools that overload pupils. She said some schools even use vans that are not authorised to be used for transporting pupils to and from school.
“We appeal to all road users to use the roads with due care. School operators who are using saloon cars as school vans and over load children yet such vehicles are not licensed for this duty are strongly warned to stop it with immediate effect. Traffic police will impound these vehicles and inconvenience children and the parents which both of us would have avoided.”
“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,” she added warning that the road operators are going to start undertaking prompt action towards the offenders.
Nampiima said the enforcement will mostly target highways because these have proven to be susceptible areas for scandals related to bad driving.
“The operations on EPS defaulters are continuing and we have stepped up speed enforcement today the 07th march 2022 along the highways this is due to the reports received by the directorate that after opening up the economy the drivers are not respecting the speed limits.
All drivers with pending eps tickets are reminded to clear them to avoid any inconveniences. The I.O.V testing centre reminds all those intending to go for driver testing that will only test learner drivers from licensed driving schools,” she warned.