OP-ED: Restore order and sanity to reduce road carnage

By Edger Muhangi

The roads in Uganda have become a death trap for most Ugandans, with the major cause being failure to adhere to the traffic rules and lack of order and sanity on the road. This is partly due to a lack of proper training by most motorists.

A case in point is the death of a Business mogul Apollo Nyegamehe alias Aponye who succumbed to injuries when his vehicle rammed into a stationary truck that had developed a mechanical problem. Another is a bus driver who perished on the spot after the bus he was driving of Link Bus services hit a truck that had developed a mechanical problem from the rear en route to Fort Portal. Do not forget many other accident cases that have been documented by the Uganda police force.

When you move on our roads you wonder what exactly our men behind the steering wheel are doing, there is no order at all, worse still the boda- boda riders do not know what to do on the road. The adherence to traffic rules hasn’t even reached the bare minimum.

Uganda is in the fourth position of countries with the highest number of road accidents after Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania and this doesn’t paint a good picture of the status of road safety in our country.

It should be noted that accident deaths are discriminatory and they do not spare anyone irrespective of social status, age, religion, or political affiliation which calls for special attention to guarantee road safety for everyone.

It is time moment to prioritize training for most of our motorists, especially our men in the boda-boda business to respect and follow traffic rules, follow proper driving behaviour and ensure some level of sanity on the road to save lives.

Remember, Safe driving = Safe lives.

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