Salama road claims a life

Salama Road claims a life

There was an accident this afternoon on Salama Road in the suburbs of Kampala.Taxi number UAU 095U knocked down the boda rider along with his sick female passenger he had got from Kiruddu Hospital. The Boda rider fell on the tarmac. A fuso lorry coming from the opposite direction went over his head killing him instantly. Police has taken away the body while the sick passenger lady walked away unhurt.

Police picking up the dead boda rider’s body

About 9,000 people perish in road traffic accidents annually in Uganda, a number three times higher than that declared by the police, according to preliminary research findings by Makerere University School of Public Health.

The latest statistics by police indicate that at least 3,500 people have been dying in traffic road accidents annually in the past three years.

Speeding and use of alcohol but based on where the accidents happen were the major driving factors for the accidents. On the other hand, the pedestrians were found to be victims as a result of inadequate infrastructure. 
A 2018 study conducted by the same investigators comparing App-based and regular motorcycles also known as boda bodas, found that the former, which includes companies such as Safe Boda, Uber, and Taxify get fewer crashes than the latter.
“The research found that app-based motorcycles get fewer clashes most likely due to use of helmets which is one thing we have been promoting. They are trained and more likely to follow traffic lights on the road,” the study indicated.

The findings were released yesterday during a high level panel discussion on the status of road safety in Uganda held at Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences in recognition of the 5th UN Road Safety week (6th-12th May, 2019).
This year’s theme is “Leadership for road safety”, whose goal is to generate a demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide.

By Our Reporter 

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