Over 21,000 people killed on Ugandan roads in five years

Accident Tape. PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK

Summary

  • The most recent annual crime report from the police reveals a concerning trend in road fatalities in Uganda. According to the report, a total of 4,806 individuals lost their lives in accidents on Ugandan roads, bringing the cumulative five-year death toll to 21,042.

The most recent annual crime report from the police reveals a troubling trend: 4,806 individuals lost their lives in accidents on Ugandan roads, bringing the total number of fatalities over the past five years to 21,042.

Released this Wednesday, the report highlights a concerning rise in road fatalities in Uganda since 2019. For instance, fatalities numbered 3,880 in 2019, 3,663 in 2020, increased to 4,159 in 2021, rose further to 4,534 in 2022, and reached 4,806 last year. This pattern extends to the number of individuals injured in these accidents.

Injuries sustained in road crashes followed a similar trajectory. For example, the count of seriously injured individuals escalated from 9,635 in 2019 to 8,370 in 2020, spiked to 12,589 in 2021, rose to 15,227 in 2022, and peaked at 16,736 in 2023.

The Accidents

The report reveals a 16% uptick in reported crashes on Ugandan roads, rising from 20,394 in 2022 to 23,608 in 2023. Of these, 4,179 were fatal, 12,487 were serious, and 6,942 were minor.

Notably, the greater Kampala Metropolitan districts of Kampala, Mukono, and Wakiso recorded the highest number of accidents, totaling 9,861, followed by the Rwizi region in Western Uganda with 1,192 crashes, West Nile with 950 cases, the Albertine region with 813 crashes, and the Greater Masaka region with 782 accidents.

These crashes involved 37,449 vehicles, with motorcycles being the most commonly involved (13,386), followed by motorcars (10,398) and omnibuses (2,663).

Interestingly, December witnessed the highest number of crashes at 2,131, while July and January experienced 2,099 and 1,787 crashes, respectively, in 2023. July, however, had the highest number of fatal crashes at 457, whereas November had the lowest fatality count at 332.

Causes

The report identifies overspeeding as the leading cause of accidents (6,297), followed by careless overtaking (5,933) and tailgating (1,211). Other contributing factors include unknown causes, passing too closely, sudden entrance from the roadside, violating traffic direction, sudden turning, careless pedestrian behavior, brake failure, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Commenting on the report, Traffic Police Director Lawrence Niwabiine expressed concern over the steady increase in road fatalities. He noted that most crashes and deaths occurred between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and emphasized the vulnerability of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. Niwabiine urged all road users to exercise caution while on the roads.

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