By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Traffic Directorate Spokesperson Faridah Nampiima has revealed that 39 Ugandans succumbed to road accidents during new year’s eve celebrations.
Nampiima says, “A total of 106 accidents occurred during the festive season (31 Dec 2021- 02 January 2022) and out of these 29 accidents were fatal, 52 were serious and 25 were minor.
There were two drivers who perished, while seven survived with serious injuries, as well as nine pedestrians who died while 17 sustained serious injuries.
. @FNampiima "A total of 106 accidents occurred during the festive season (31 Dec 2021- 02 January 2022) and out of these 29 accidents were fatal, 52 were serious and 25 were minor. pic.twitter.com/tLLTXiCVi9
— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) January 3, 2022
“Of these accidents, 94 were caused by reckless driving. We had seven accidents of unknown cause, three resulted from driving under the influence of alcohol and one person fell off a vehicle and died,” Nampiima adds.
Traffic records show that the Kampala metropolitan area had the highest number of accidents. Out of 106 road crashes, KMP had 54 while all upcountry places had 52.
In addition, 1,379 traffic offenders were arrested and issued Express Penalty Tickets. The records show there was a reduction in accident deaths compared to 58 who died on December 23 and 26.
A total of 3,633 people were killed in road accidents in Uganda in 2020. The figure is an increase from the ones posted in 2018 and 2019 when at least 3,194 and 3,407 people, respectively, were killed in road accidents, according to government data.
According to the WHO data published in 2018, Road Traffic Accidents Deaths in Uganda reached 11,730 or 4.52% of total deaths. The age-adjusted Death Rate is 40.17 per 100,000 which ranked Uganda 15th in the world.