Lack of road signs near roundabouts in Jinja municipality and bad driving have been blamed for causing accidents involving heavy vehicles in the area.
The three roundabouts of Amber Court along Jinja –Kampala highway, Police barracks and Mailo Mbili along Jinja – Iganga highway, have no traffic and road signs to show road users that the roundabouts are close.
Dickson Rugundana, Jinja district traffic officer, says the roundabouts were poorly constructed. He claims that some parts of the roundabouts are sloppy which causes heavy trucks to tilt and over turn. Rugundana says the road is narrow for long –heavy vehicles to negotiate the roundabout and the inner part of the roundabout is very wide.
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According to police reports, in the last one week, three trailers overturned at the three roundabouts, which brings the total number of accidents to 17 since this year began.
In 2011, 34 trailers overturned at the roundabouts.
Omar Shemir, a trailer driver from Mombasa to Kampala was involved in an accident in 2011 at Amber Court roundabout. He says while driving at 30kilometres per hour, the trailer overturned and maize grain worth 20 million shillings was lost. He blames the accident on the sloppy left side of the roundabout while coming from Iganga.
Steven Kisubi, a Uganda National Roads Authority engineer in Jinja says roundabouts are designed considering the vehicle speed, size and the radius of the roundabout.
He says the cause of accidents at the Jinja roundabouts is as a result of many factors including vandals of road signs before and after the roundabouts, some drivers who negotiate the roundabouts at very abnormal speeds and some who neglect the road signs.
The designated speed for negotiating roundabouts in Jinja is between 30 to 50kilometres per hour depending on the size of the vehicle.
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He calls on the community to fight road signs vandalism in order to loss of life and property during accidents.