Makerere, KCCA raise alarm over safety on Kampala's roads

Makerere, KCCA raise alarm over safety on Kampala's roads
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Makerere School of Public Health and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have released a report focusing on speed and helmet use.

The findings reveal a startling mean speed of 57 km/h among speeding vehicles, prompting urgent attention to the deteriorating state of road safety in the country's capital.

Traffic Police spokesperson, Michael Kananura, expressed concern about correct helmet use, noting that compliance among motorcyclists in the Kampala Metropolitan area stands at a mere 37%.

However, there is a silver lining, with ride-share drivers showcasing the highest compliance at an encouraging 84%.

"This report sheds light on critical aspects of road safety, and the data underscores the need for immediate interventions," commented Michael Kananura.

The status report indicates a disturbing trend in road traffic fatalities, with a significant surge since 2020.

In 2022 alone, Kampala recorded 425 deaths related to road accidents, a figure that has raised alarm bells among authorities and safety advocates.

Bonny Balagawa, a researcher from the Makerere School of Public Health, emphasized the urgency of addressing the escalating fatality numbers.

"We are witnessing a concerning rise in road traffic fatalities, and it's crucial to implement targeted interventions to reverse this trend," stated Balagawa.

Shockingly, the report reveals that a staggering 94% of reported road traffic fatalities in 2022 involved vulnerable road users.

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