Uganda Launches Road Safety Week

purchase geneva; color: #222222;”>As he addressed journalists at the Media Centre in Kampala on Monday, this site Hon Simon Chemoiko Chebrot, State Minister for Works and Transport noted that the week will draw attention to the urgent need to protect the pedestrians.

“Globally road traffic crashes claim more than 1.24 million people annually and almost half of these are pedestrians and mainly children,’’ noted Chebrot.

He further stressed that each year more than 133,000 children between the age of 5- 14 years die on roads in developing countries.

“The 2011 traffic police report indicated that 3,343 people died on Ugandan roads and 630 of these were children,’’ stressed Chebrot.


He therefore noted that they will collaborate with Kampala City Council Authority to ensure that all roads in the city are worked upon and the potholes covered.

In her speech Marble Tomusange, the Director Injury Control Centre Uganda noted that throughout the week they will engage in activities like painting zebra crossings and organizing workshops for school traffic wardens among other activities.

“We want to raise awareness about those completely preventable tragedies among our people,’’ she noted.

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