Jinja. About 360 people were involved in road accidents in Jinja District, with half of them sustaining life-threating injuries and others succumbing to death over the last two years, the officer in-charge of traffic in the district, Mr Francis Onen, has disclosed.
He said most of the accidents were as a result of reckless driving, drunk-driving and driving vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.
Speaking during an interview earlier in the week at Jinja Central Police Station, Mr Onen said police records show that in the last 24-months, at least 355 cases of accidents were reported in the district.
He said: “In 2015, our statistics show that fatal accidents were 35, serious ones were 126 and minor ones were about 36. And in 2016, we registered 41 cases of fatal accidents and about 92 cases of serious accidents while the minor ones were 25.”
He attributed the decline in the number of accidents registered last year as compared to those registered in 2015 to increased police vigilance as evidenced in the ongoing operation code named Fika Salama—safe journey/travel. Mr Onen said this year, police targets to remove drivers without driving licence from the road, eliminating vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition and constantly monitoring motor vehicles plying the eastern routes.
He, however, said this will be achieved if the citizens play their part by saying no to recklessness and drunk-driving. When interviewed, Mr Samuel Munabi, a Jinja-bound taxi driver said although motorists have become more reckless on the road, the authorities haven’t cracked the whip hard and consistently enough as to bring this to a halt.
Police records shows that Jinja District is notorious for accidents, with Jinja-Iganga road (right through from Mabira Forest) being marked as a dark spot for both robberies and accidents. The last crime and traffic report released in 2014 ranks Jinja District among the leading accidents districts in the country.
Police records shows that Jinja District is notorious for accidents, with Jinja-Iganga road (right through from Mabira Forest) being marked as a dark spot for both robberies and accidents.