The Directorate of Traffic Police and Road Safety has revealed that over 130 people perished in road crashes between January 15 and 28, 2023.
According to traffic Police Spokesperson, ASP Faridah Nampiima 705 road accidents happened between the same period. She told journalists on Monday during a press briefing that 564 people sustained serious injuries during the same time.
Nampiima says 23 road accidents were fatal while 380 were serious while 302 were minor.
“From January 15 to January 21, a total of 345 crashes were recorded around the country in which 65 people died whereas 285 were injured. In the period between January 22 and January 28, a total of 360 crashes were registered and 69 people were killed whereas 279 sustained serious injuries,”Nampiima said.
She attributes the accidents to reckless driving, overspeeding, overtaking in dangerous points. Nampiima says drivers also had cars operating in dangerous mechanical conditions.
Nampiima has tasked members of the public to ensure discipline and vigilance while on the road. She says passengers should also participate in road safety measures.
“Be disciplined while on the road. You are a passenger on boda boda, taxi or bus and you are loaded in excess, don’t just keep quiet. Speak up because when an accident happens, you will die together with the driver and everyone else. It is your right not to be loaded in excess,” says Nampiima