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North Kyoga Region Registers Decline in Road Accidents

The traffic police department of the region says that it has so far recorded 10 cases of fatal accidents, in which 11 lives were lost, 23 serious accidents, and 12 minor accidents during the entire period of the lockdown which started at the end of March.

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North Kyoga Region Registered a decline in the number of road accidents during Lockdown. The region covers the Districts of Alebtong, Amolatar, Apac, Dokolo, Kole, Kwania, Lira, Otuke and Oyam. 

The traffic police department of the region says that it has so far recorded 10 cases of fatal accidents, in which 11 lives were lost, 23 serious accidents, and12 minor accidents during the entire period of the lockdown which started at the end of March. 

The North Kyoga Police Spokesperson Michael Odongo says that prior to the lockdown, in the months of January, February and early March, the department had recorded 47 fatal accidents in which 67 people died, while 64 were recorded as serious accidents.  

This is probably because there were fewer vehicles on the roads with restricted movement as people were being advised to stay home in order to control the spread of coronavirus disease.   

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However, with the relaxation of the lockdown, Odongo noted that there is already increased traffic which is most likely to result in an increase in road accidents.    

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The officer said the Districts of Lira and Oyam usually has the highest number of road accidents. He attributed the accidents to human error and bad roads.

“Because of the narrow roads, you find motorists fighting for the small space which is not even marked. Some of them are because of over speeding and reckless driving," he said, adding that only a few cases occur as a result of the mechanical condition of the vehicles

According to the Annual Traffic and Road Safety Report, 2019, North Kyoga registered 154 fatal accidents, 213 serious and 74 minor accidents making a total of 441.

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