In efforts to reduce the increasing road carnage associated with the festive season, Uganda Police Force has partnered with Safe Way Right Way, to re-launch the speed management campaign along major highways.
The campaign through implementation of holistic highway specific interventions informed by the Decade of Action for Road Safety Pillars, aims at sensitizing and disciplining road users on safety, infrastructure protection and improving road safety for vulnerable users.
On average, Uganda loses 10 people per day in road traffic crashes, which is the highest in East Africa. Reports statistics have indicated that road crash fatalities in Uganda rose from 2,579 to 3,503 in 2016, representing about 25.9%.
Barbara Mwanje, the Chief Executive Officers of Safeway Right Way during the relaunch, “During this period of the year, it is a tendency for passengers to tempt their drivers into speeding so as to get to their destination. In the same vein, drivers rush in a bid to make more return journeys due to the number of people traveling upcountry.”
In a bid support police in reducing the road carnage, Safeway Right way donated laser speed guns to the Uganda Police Force and sophisticated road safety equipment, and also carried out traffic police training and sensitized speeding drivers apprehended along Kampala – Gulu highway.
“Our Baseline surveys identify high accident locations (black spots) and suggest measures to mitigate some avoidable accidents and enforcement of speed limits is a fundamental and quick win solution to the many fatalities and injuries” revealed Mwanje.
Mabel Asingwire, a Savannah Police Superintendent noted at the event, “Bodaboda crashes account for the highest number of victims. People killed in motorcycle accidents between 2011 and 2016 doubled from 570 to 1,170. In 2015, over 5,543 riders were seriously injured” Asingwire Said
“Pedestrians remain the most vulnerable road users, constituting 40% of the victims. In 2016, 1354 pedestrians lost their lives as they were knocked down on their way to school, work, and market among other places” Asingwire added