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Road traffic: Uganda targets 50% reduction in traffic accidents

Ugandan authorities say they are determined to scale down the rate of road traffic accident by 50% by the year 2020, according to Dr. Steven Kasiima, Uganda's Director for traffic and road safety.

PANA quoted Dr. Kasiima as having said this at the launch of a road safety education programme by VIVO Energy of Uganda.

“The reduction should go up to 50 percent, like what the UN global action plan requires member countries to do,”  Dr. Kasiima said.

According to Uganda's New Vision paper, the country's 2013 Annual Crime Report have shown that there was a 7% reduction rate in road traffic accidents compared to the 11% recorded in 2012.

It also disclosed that some 3,400 people died in road traffic accidents in 2011.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kasiima has reportedly said that Ugandan police have started sensitizing primary school children on road safety messages.

“We have been sensitizing boda-boda riders, truck drivers and tax drivers but now we want to sensitize primary schools.”

“We want to see the impact at the end of the year – of whether sensitizing primary schools can bring a positive impact,' he was quoted as saying.

Pana 16/03/2014