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Pedestrians Most Affected By Road Accidents- Police Report

According to the 2017 Annual Crime and Road Safety Report, pedestrians were the biggest victims of road accidents. At least 1,319 out of the 3,500 people killed in road accidents last year were pedestrians while 2,135 of the 10,420 injured persons were pedestrians. Drunkards, minors and school going children being the most affected.
A table showing categories of people who died in accidents in 2016 and 2017. Pedestrians were most affected.

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 Each evening during working days dozens of city dwellers and pupils from various schools such as Buganda Road and Nakasero primary schools walk towards Wandegeya to connect to their homes. They use the zebra crossing at the traffic lights in Wandegeya to cross to either side of the road to pick a taxi, boda boda or continue walking to their homes. 

 

However, many of the pedestrians still find it hard to cross to either side of the road even when the traffic lights signals them to do so as motorists and boda boda riders park on the zebra crossing. As a result, pedestrians struggle to find space between vehicles to cross to either side of the road.

 

 

In some incidents boda boda riders don't respect any road signals and go on with their work with reckless abandon. This is the nightmare that pedestrians face in Kampala and many other congested towns in Uganda face each day but isn't the only risk they face.

 

Very few roads especially in towns and the city center have pedestrian walkways alias pavements. As few as they are, motorists have made it routine to drive and ride on them leaving pedestrians with no place to pass.

 

In other places vendors display their merchandise on the pavements worsening the situation. It is this risky behavior that has placed the lives of pedestrians in danger. Pedestrians form the biggest number of accident victims in Uganda.

 

 

According to the 2017 Annual Crime and Road Safety Report, pedestrians were the biggest victims of road accidents. At least 1,319 out of the 3,500 people killed in road accidents last year were pedestrians while 2,135 of the 10,420 injured persons were pedestrians. Drunkards, minors and school going children being the most affected.

 

 

In second position are boda boda riders followed passengers in other vehicles. Charles Ssebambulidde, the Police Traffic and Road Safety Spokesperson, says the situation has been repeating itself for so many years. In 2015, the police Traffic and Road safety directorate set up a unit in charge of education and sensitization to train school going children on road usage. But that training hasn't been the only effort put up by police to reduce the number of pedestrians killed in motor accidents.

 

 

Police also carries out routine operations against motorcyclists and motorists especially in the city center and towns to ensure their observe traffic regulations.

 

One of the operations has been to arrest motorcyclists riding on pavements and pedestrian walk ways.

 

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But most of the interventions are only efficient during the operations as the cyclists and drivers go rogue again once the operations stop.

 

Sarah Keza walks on foot every day from downtown Kampala to Namuwongo. According to Keza, the only way the operation can help for police to enforce the regulations each day.

 

"You see like in January when they were arresting those who do not stop for us to cross, everything was okay. We didn't have to struggle to cross the road but now go and try cross the road you will see. No one gives a damn," Keza told URN.

 

But police says, the most effective and permanent solutions can only be effected by Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), Districts and the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

 

"We are in consultations advising stakeholders like UNRA and KCCA to find a way to separate walkways from the roads and to construct Pedestrian fly overs," the Director Traffic and Road Safety, Stephen Kasiima said during the launch of the 2017Annual Crime and Road Safety report.

 

The Deputy KCCA Spokesperson, Robert Kalumba, says the Authority is in the process of constructing walk ways a cross Kampala to resolve the problem. URN couldn't get a comment from UNRA as the calls the spokesperson couldn't pick calls from our reporter for three days.