Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, extoled BIGRS for sponsoring road safety efforts in Kampala metropolitan but recommended that there should be joint synergies between police, KCCA, and ministry of transport to ensure road safety is prioritized and all gaps leading to deaths and injuries are addressed.
The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) traffic
report for 2022 has revealed that Northern Bypass roundabouts and junctions are
the most deadly to road users.
The statistics launched on Monday show Kalerwe and
Sentema roundabouts are spots where pedestrians and motorcyclists
are mostly crushed to death.
In 2022, Kalerwe roundabout whose crashes are mostly
recorded at Kyebando police post showed 68 pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists
crashed to death. This was a tremendous increase in road deaths at the Kalerwe
roundabout stretch compared to 13 people who died in 2021.
Statistics collected from police posts, and police
stations as well as from hospitals Mulago and Naguru China-Uganda Friendship Hospital show 425 people died in Kampala crashes which is an increase compared to
419 who perished in 2021.
“Vulnerable road users are pedestrians, bicyclists, and
motorcyclists who made up 94% of deaths in 2022. Motorcyclists alone
accounted for nearly half of the deaths in 2022. Males accounted for 76% of the reported
fatalities. The highest proportion of deaths was recorded among victims aged 20
to 29,” reads the report.
Like the traffic police data, KCCA data has shown that
the biggest number of road crashes occur between 6 and 8 pm but those that
claimed the highest number of lives happened between 8 and 10 pm.
Stellah Namatovu, the surveillance coordinator for
Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative (BIGRS) and one of the people who compiled
the KCCA traffic data said there is a need for increased enforcement in the
“Since these crashes occur between 6 and 8 pm and those
fatalities are majorly happening between 8 and 10 pm. We therefore recommend increased enforcement to reduce these road deaths and injuries,”
Lawrence Niwabiine, the traffic police acting director
said the police’s effort is to automate all policing whether during day or night
hours. Niwabiine said they want to rely majorly on digital systems such as CCTVs to do policing.
“We always get these reports and this is the third
about KCCA traffic crashes. But the question is what is next? Are we going to
be coming here every year to release the statistics and we go back The data
should help us to find a solution so that next time we tell people what we have
done to reduce these crashes,” Niwabiine said.
Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, extolled BIGRS for
sponsoring road safety efforts in Kampala metropolitan but recommended that
there should be joint synergies between police, KCCA, and the Ministry of Transport
to ensure road safety are prioritized and all gaps leading to deaths and injuries
“Our colleagues in the police are handling the
criminal aspect of road safety. They are focused on who has broken the law and
that is their duty. Yes, they impound motorcycles because riders are not
wearing crash helmets, what of passengers? Have we condemned them to death?”
Lukwago said if there were monthly meetings for all
sectors obliged to ensure road safety, it would have a bigger impact than releasing annual traffic reports without action being taken to address the
Senior Staff Reporter
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