Use area-wide traffic calming to reduce road carnage

Yesterday the Uganda was hit by news of a road traffic crash in which 13 high school students were seriously injured.  This is the fourth crash to be registered on the newly-constructed Masaka highway (linking the capital city of Uganda-Kampala to Kigali, Rwanda) in a space of ten days. Just days earlier, three people including a beauty queen and a local journalist  were killed when their speeding car lost control and swerved into a swamp.  Barely two days earlier, another crash on the same road had claimed three lives and left scores nursing injuries  following reckless driving and over speeding.

Previous research has already shown that area-wide traffic calming has the potential to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries.  There are a number of area-wide traffic calming mechanisms to choose from as a way of promoting road safety, such as the creation of one way streets, changes at junctions, or speed humpsSpeed bumps to calm traffic, traffic lights, road signage, road surface treatment to make roads slip-proof, to mention but a few. With the road sector continuing to exist as the ultimately one of the most important modes of transportation worldwide, this is partly why road traffic deaths and injuries continue to rise. The beauty about this all is that the causes of road traffic crashes/accidents are known to us and they (crashes/accidents) are easily preventable if we all elect to strictly adhere to road safety mechanisms and interventions to reduce the carnage on our roads.

  • Simon Peter

    Uganda’s causes of traffic accidents is becoming complicated. The traffic jams in the capital city are causing an hour’s delay to whoever goes out of the city in a distance of 10 KM. This makes motorists resorting to over speeding in order to catchup with the lost time in the jams and the anticipated time of arrival in areas of destination. Of recent, a 3 day’s learning of driving makes one feel that he/she is ready for the road. Many drivers in Uganda are on the roads without having done the basics of defense driving.not even having gone through traffic test driving. This means many of the drivers are on the road when actually they wouldn’t be. The last i could talk of the love for speed by the many young drivers in Uganda is also contributing significantly to the RTAs. As you mentioned, RTAs in Uganda have become catastrophic and an urgent solutions must be sought and implemented. Specifically, there must be a thorough evaluation of the aforementioned Masaka -Mbarara road which has now become the top most road involved with RTAs.