128 Killed in Two Weeks as Ugandan Roads Continue Claiming Lives
By Melanie Aanyu,
The latest figures from Traffic Police have indicated that at least 128 people were killed in the last two weeks of the month of May.
According to the Traffic Police spokesperson, between May, 22 and 28, 2022, a total of 355 traffic clashes happened in several parts of the country, with 42 of these fatal and consequently claiming lives of members of the public.
Farida Nampima the head of traffic police noted that between May 15 and 21, 2022, a total of 341 accidents happened along various roads in the country and that these claimed the lives of 68 people.
According to Nampiima, 59 of these crashes were fatal, 185 serious and 97 minor with 325 in total as the victims involved.
Fatal accidents are those in which one or more people die whereas serious ones involve people injured but minor ones are those where vehicles are damaged without any injury to people.
The latest figures indicate that Ugandan roads have continued to claim more lives with at least 176 lives lost between May 1 and 21, 2022 whereas 659 people were left nursing serious injuries during the same period , all emanating from road accidents.
The police annual crime report for the year 2021 released earlier this month indicated that the number of road accidents increased by 42% from 12249 in 2020 to 17443 in 2021.
However, police attributes the biggest percentage of road crashes to human error including reckless driving, overspeeding and driving vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions.
At least 12 people were killed on average every day in 2021, a statistic which is alarming.
Speaking yesterday, the Traffic Police spokesperson urged users to always have discipline on the road but urged passengers to also report bad driving.