Road accidents in West Nile region have killed 108 people and injured 591 others since the beginning of the year 2016. Police in the region have registered 373 cases of road accidents between January and July, according to Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for north western region.
Police in the region have registered 373 cases of road accidents between January and July, according to Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for north western region.
Angucia says 91 of the accidents were fatal. She adds that most of the cases registered were as a result of recklessness, over speeding and use of vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.
Arua district alone registered the highest number of accidents with 100 cases of which 32 were fatal. In these 33 people were killed and 143 others injured.
Nebbi followed with 79 cases in which 29 people lost their lives while 136 others sustained injuries. In Zombo district 48 accidents were registered with eight deaths and 136 injury cases. Koboko district registered 42 cases including nine fatal ones in which nine people died and 58 others were injured, while Adjumani registered 48 accidents including six ones that claimed six people and injured 23.
Others are Maracha district with 28 cases that claimed seven people and injured 22; Yumbe 25 cases and four deaths and Moyo with 10 cases and five deaths.
Angucia says accidents occur daily and police issue culprits with express penalty tickets, while the grave offenses are referred to court for law to prevail.
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Safi Alema Tiyo, the chairman Arua boda boda association says much as boda boda riders are blamed for some of the accidents, even pedestrians carry the blame since some of them are careless in using the road.
Alema also blames people who acquire machines for personal use and end up causing accidents yet they are not known as boda boda riders. He admitted that, many riders still don't understand the traffic laws, road signs and they lack permits.
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Pamela Letiru, a pedestrian observed that the high speed by boda boda cyclists and drivers scares pedestrians while crossing the road. She appeals to police to control high speed and ensure road safety to clear the fears in pedestrians.
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