By Spy Uganda
Kampala: According to Uganda Police Traffic Directorate spokesperson Nampiima Faridah, a total of 370 accidents occurred last week and out of these 72 accidents were fatal, 193 were serious and 105 were minor.
Nampiima adds that in the same week, there were 362 accident victims and out of these 86 people died and 276 sustained injuries.
”The season of schools breaking off for holidays is usually characterized by the increased movement of persons and increased volume of traffic on the roads. All road users should expect heavy traffic on the roads and are advised to plan their journeys early to avoid rushing and reckless driving since most of them will be moving almost at the same time,” says Nampiima.
She adds that schools with vans should ensure that their drivers drive responsibly, avoid making so many trips, load excess children on board, and not rush the students when offloading their luggage to avoid misplacements or losing them.
Passenger Service Vehicles (PSVs) are also reminded to board from designated parks in order to ensure the safe travel of learners back from their respective schools and should stick on their route charts, avoid reckless driving on the roads, and not rush the students when boarding off the vehicles.
”All drivers are reminded not to drink and drive, avoid speeding, ensuring that only competent drivers are on the road. Also, by checking their driver’s license all drivers are reminded to drive on roads with a copy of a valid driving license,” adds Nampiima.
Further, Nampiima says the inspection of vehicles to ascertain their road worthiness should be done and all drivers are reminded to avoid driving vehicles that are in a dangerous mechanical condition on the roads.
”We remind all road users that road safety begins with you. Avoid behaviors that would lead you to miss use the road. We expect every road user to be considerate to each other. The public can report traffic violations on our toll-free number Tel: 0800199099,” she adds.