84 people died, 339 injured in road accidents last week

At least 84 people were killed and another 339 injured in various road crashes during the Martyrs’ week.  

According to information from the Traffic Police Directorate compiled between May 29th and June 4, 2022, at least 423 people were involved in road crashes nationwide. 

Kampala Metropolitan recorded the highest number of deaths with 33 people and another 107 people with critical injuries. 

Faridah Nampiima, the Traffic police spokesperson, says that they have noticed new blackspots on several roads and a decision has been made to erect road barriers in such places to reduce crashes. 

She says that they also intend to deploy personnel at the new blackspots. 

Police are yet to establish a link between the high number of accidents the martyrs’ day celebrations at the Catholic and Anglican shrines at Namugongo.

 Dozens of people trekked from various parts of the country to mark martyrs’ after two years of  the nationwide lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The data also shows that police apprehended 40,760 traffic offenders and issued them with the Express Penalty tickets between May 1st to May 31st, 2022. 

Most of the offenders totaling to 8,979 were driving vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions (DMCs), 6,978 were fined for reckless driving, 3,644 driving without valid licenses, 3,403 without third-party and 3,156 were fined for failure to wear seatbelts.

According to Nampiima, the traffic police have also taken a decision to intensify the crackdown on Boda boda riders operating without crash helmets and those carrying more than one passenger. 

“We are concentrating on those carrying more than one passenger and without crash helmets. Fika Salama operations are re-launched. Officers In charge traffic should go on with community sensitization,” Nampiima added.

The 84 deaths recorded in road crashes just in a week, means 12 people died each day while another 48 survived with horrendous injuries.

 Between April 24 to May 8th, 2022, 193 people were killed in a space of 14 days translating into 13.7 deaths per day

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