Road Accidents Claimed 3,000 In 2012 - Police

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Road accidents claimed more than 3,000 people in 2012 according to the police report released on Tuesday. The report says another 13,137 people received permanent bodily deformities like loss of legs, arms as a result of road accidents, while 1,755 people received minor injuries.

Road accidents claimed more than 3,000 people in 2012 according to the police report released on Tuesday.
 
The report says another 13,137 people received permanent bodily deformities like loss of legs, arms as a result of road accidents, while 1,755 people received minor injuries.

On the overall there was a reduction in the number of accidents from 22,272 accidents in 2011 to 19,870 accidents last year.

At 1,243 pedestrians still remain the highest number of people killed in road accidents countrywide followed by boda boda causalities at 571.

During the year under review 681 children of school going age died in road accidents.

Though last year the police received breathalyzers to measure the amount of alcohol in a driver’s blood and started on drink driving operations, human error among which is drink driving still continue to account for the largest number of accidents in the country.

Traffic police statistics show that most of the accidents happen at mid day and after and at night and shortly after mid night. 

During the year traffic police gave out traffic fine tickets worth 13 billion shillings but so far only 7 billion shillings has been paid.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, the Director Traffic Dr Stephen Kasiima said the drivers usually delay to pay the fines adding that government had now introduced a fine to force defaulters to pay up.

When asked what had led to the reduction in road accidents, Kasiima said the introduction of police escorts in long-route buses had helped to slow the buses down.

According to him, though buses have no speed governors the police officers in the bus prevail on the drivers not to over speed.

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Kasiima, however, says that this should be the function of the individual bus companies, but most of the companies were not enforcing the same.

Kasiima also attributed the reduction in accidents to acquisition of speed guns, increased highway motorized patrols and improved response to accident scenes.

While acquisition of galaxy tabs from Face Technologies have helped to eliminate incompetent drivers off Uganda’s roads.