72 Ugandans Die and 237 Injured in Easter Road Accidents. A total of 342 accidents occurred during the Easter period of which 64 were fatal, 167 were serious and 111 were minor leaving 72 people dead and 237 with injuries.
This was in a weekly police press conference revealed by ASP Faridah Nampiima, the traffic and road safety directorate spokesperson saying that a total of 108 accidents occurred in two Easter days and out of these 24 were fatal, 57 were serious and 27 were minor.
ASP Nampiima narrated that in the above two days’ accidents, 75 people were injured while 29 died.
In her report, Nampiima further said that a total of 9,278 traffic offenders were arrested and issued EPS tickets on various traffic offences at various checkpoints in the whole country from 10th to 18th April 2022 of which among these reckless driving 1,868, DMCs 1,869, invalid driving license 820, speeding 343, Not wearing seat belts 751, Riding a motorcycle without wearing a crash helmet 520, carrying more than one passenger on the motorcycle 142 among others.
The traffic and road safety directorate spokesperson warned all those operating private vehicles and station wagons [drones] to offer public transport without a license to stop it immediately.
“As you are aware section 105 of the traffic and Road Safety Act 1998 [as amended 2020] makes it an offence to use a vehicle for the carriage of passengers or goods for hire or reward when not licensed to do so or in breach of license and on conviction a fine of not less than fifteen currency points [ 300,000/=] and not exceeding one hundred currency points [2,000,000/=] or imprisonment not exceeding year or both”, she added.
ASP Nampiima has appealed to all drivers and road users to drive with discipline and avoid recklessness in a bid to reduce the rate of road accidents due to negligence.