- Some of the road accidents caused by the boda-boda cyclists without registered number plates, are not reported to police
- The Miss Tourism crew will tour the entire region to carry out sensitization both on radios and meeting the boda-boda and drivers in the taxi parks
- The accidents have continued despite the Express Penalty Schemes that were introduced by traffic police to punish offenders
- Just as the campaign was launched, in the afternoon, a Boda boda cyclist in Moyo Town was knocked dead by a tipper lorry. The cyclist is identified as Patrick Geriga commonly called Izza. This happened at Celecelea village. Mob set ablaze the tipper lorry in revenge.
West Nile- The increasing road accidents in West Nile has become a worry for everyone to support the police to curb the vice.
Many of the road accidents, according to police, are caused by the boda-boda cyclists, reckless drivers, dangerous mechanical condition vehicles, driving while drunk and overloading. Now the Miss Tourism West Nile, have started a campaign to help curb the road accidents across the region.
While addressing the press on Saturday, the Miss Tourism Queen, Vibian Silvano, said: “We need to sensitize the communities because the road accidents are claiming a lot of lives in this region. And some of the accidents are caused when drivers are destructed by phones and they lack concentration. This is not correct and driver should try hard to protect the lives of the people.”
The Miss Tourism crew, the first Runner Up, Jokudu Gertrude and Second Runner Up, Shamim Bako, later moved to the various boda-boda stages and taxi parks putting stickers on motorcycles and vehicles as part of the awareness campaign in Arua town.
The Miss Tourism First Runner Up, Jokudu Gertrude speaking during the press conference in Arua town today. Photo by Felix.
The first Runner Up, Jokudu, said: “We shall continue with this road safety campaign to other districts in the region because we value their lives. Driver or motorcyclists and pedestrians should not be in a rush. They should respect the road signs so that they can avoid accidents. We need to have concerted effort with the police to ensure that the road accidents are reduced.”
There have been increasing road accidents on West Nile roads. Recently, four students of Uringi Secondary school in Nebbi district perished on the road and about 35 were injured. The students were traveling on their school truck for music competition at Nebbi Cathedral Parish.
On Tuesday this week, two traders died in Paidha, a few kilometers to the town after the pick-up truck they were traveling lost control and rammed into the trenches.
Miss Tourism West Nile and the other members holding stickers as they flag off the campaign on road safety in West Nile. Photo by Felix.
The Traffic Officer for West Nile region, Felix Otim, said: “It is true that accidents are increasing because in March alone, we had two people who died in accident and two were seriously injured in Arua district. And in the West Nile region, eight people died in March with 18 seriously injured and 10 sustained minor injuries.”
Otim said they would continue tracking errant drivers in order to reduce the accidents. The Police Community Liaison Officer for Arua, Milka Avubieng, said: “It is unfortunate that many Ugandans are failing to understand the road regulations. And some of the road accidents are caused by pride especially the youths. We shall continue to sensitize and punish those who do not obey the traffic regulations.”