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Corrupt Traffic Cops Blamed For Increased Road Accidents

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ed http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-includes/default-constants.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The Uganda Bus Drivers and Allied Association (UBDAA) chairman, Hannington Kiwanuka told the press on Wednesday that traffic police’s biggest weakness is receiving bribes.


“These policemen receive bribes for the drivers without licenses, drunkards, among other unlawful things which has led to an increase in the number of accidents. One only has to pay something small and he or she continues the journey,” said Kiwanuka.


Patrick Mwilu, a taxi driver in Kampala Old Taxi Park added: “You bribe these officers to let us go not having in mind that you are risking the lives of the 14 passengers in the taxi.”


“This shows the extent to which corruption is been rooted in this country,” he noted.


Hon. Beatrice Kiraso, a Principal Policy Advisor at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa recently presented a report on the impact of corruption compiled by Transparency International.


She noted: “The Police, Judiciary, Political Parties and Parliament are still at the top of the list of most corrupt institutions in the region.”


This was at the 4th EAC Annual Convention on Good Governance at De Mille Collins Hotel in Kigali on Monday.


This shows the extent of corruption in Uganda.


Speaking to Chimpreports on Saturday morning, Lilian Tibaleka, a taxi passenger in Kampala, said most people drive at the speed of 120km per hour when the law requires one to drive at 80km per hour but a few listen.


UBDAA’s chairman, Kiwanuka also noted that the Uganda National Roads Authority also has failed to put road markings on most of the high ways which indicates where the vehicles, boda bodas and pedestrians are supposed to walk from.


Some of these bus drivers have complained of how the new traffic rules are unfair.


Thomas Adrico, a bus driver on Kampala-Arua highway said, “Police has put up new rules that are tough to us for instance a driver found driving a vehicle in poor condition to be charged Shs 200,000, this is too much since these days money is scarce.”


Statistics of road accidents


Uganda was recently ranked among Africa’s countries with the highest rate of road accidents.


A World Health Organization global status report on Road Safety 2013 indicates that Uganda had 2954 deaths in 2010 as a result of road accidents, Nigeria registered 4065 and South Africa with the highest number of deaths being at 13768 in 2009.


Arrive Alive Uganda (AAU), a nongovernmental organization aimed at making significant strides towards reducing road traffic related fatalities and injuries in Uganda, reports that more than 10,000 people will die on our roads over the next 5 years.


World Health Organization (WHO) also indicates that by 2020 health losses from traffic accidents are projected to rank only second to those of HIV/AIDS.


According to the Uganda Police Traffic department statistics for the year 2005/2006, over 2,000 people are killed every year. “41 percent of those killed in road crashes in Uganda are pedestrians and 40 percent of those killed in road crashes in Uganda are below 25 years of age.”


In terms of all fatalities and injuries, 42 percent are passengers, 33 percent are pedestrians, and 14 percent are motorcyclists or cyclists, states the Uganda Police Traffic department report of 2005/2006.


Injury Control Centre – Uganda also reports that traumatic brain injuries are the cause of more than over 50 percent of motorcycle accident fatalities

WHO estimates that about 3300 fatalities happen daily with 80 – 85 percent in developing countries as 1000 youth are killed in road traffic crashes daily.


“Globally Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of fatalities among youth aged 15 – 19 years and second leading cause among those between 10-14 years of age and 20-24 years of age,” it reports.

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