The second National Road Safety Summit 2019

Themed “Road Safety- Time for Action” the second National Road Safety Summit was held on the 23rd of July 2019 at the Sheraton Kampala and attracted the participation of over 200 representatives from key road safety players in the public and private sector, and development partners. The Summit aimed at developing sustainable action plans to achieve improved road usage behavior and reduce accidents on Uganda’s roads. This summit follows from the first which was held in 2018 which aimed at bringing policy makers and other major stakeholders up to speed with the road safety challenge facing the country in order to increase their commitment towards road safety.

Mr. Gilbert Assi- Managing Director, Vivo Energy speaks at the 2nd National Road Safety Summit

 

Speaking at the opening of the Summit, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Uganda, Mr. Gilbert Assi said, “We continue to reiterate that road safety is a shared responsibility for which you and I play a significant role. Today, we shall walk the talk by getting practical with focused work groups that shall clearly define and design actionable plans to improve safety on our roads. Our intention is for each participant at this Summit to adopt sustainable, action points, which they shall be held accountable for. We realize that commendable strides have been made to improve the sector but we can all do more to ensure our roads are safer for all users. Our overall aim is to achieve statistically noticeable drops in the numbers of road traffic accidents in Uganda by the next Summit in 2020.”

 

 

Mr. Johnson Omollo, General Manager of NTV Uganda

 

In his remarks, Mr. Johnson Omollo, the General Manager of NTV Uganda,noted that Road Safety is not only a transportation problem but also an economic, health and social problem and urged all partners to continue working together in the Summit and similar fora to discuss areas for improvement to the sector in this country, in order to save lives of innocent road users.

 

 

 

 

The Minister of Works and Transport Hon. Monica Azuba, who presided over the event, said “If Uganda is to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal target of halving the number of deaths and injuries from road traffic injuries by 2020 a lot more needs to be done. Today we go further to highlight some areas that we need to continue addressing through intersectoral action that involves all key actors and that encourages the safe system approach, which advocates for safe roads and road sides, safe vehicles as well as safe road users.”

She also commended Vivo Energy Uganda, NTV Uganda, Uganda Police, all partners and participants for maintaining the momentum of the Summit annually and their demonstrated commitment in championing the road safety message. She pledged the support of the Ministry of Works and Transport in assisting all players in achieving the actionable resolutions and commitments made at the Summit.

According to the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 launched last December, Uganda was among the countries with the highest traffic death rates, estimated at 29 car deaths per 100,000 population. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children and young adults aged 5 – 29 years and ranked as the 11th cause of death globally with approximately 93% of the mortality occurring in low income countries.

 

AIGP Dr. Stephen Kasiima. Director Traffic and Road Safety, Uganda Police Force

In his message to the participants, AIGP Dr. Stephen Kasiima, Director Traffic and Road Safety. Uganda Police Force, advocated for a reduction in the number of lead cars on the roads which cause a lot of disorganization on the roads, for an improvement in the quality of cars on our roads which process can be managed through established inspection facilities within the country and for road designs to include walkways for pedestrians who make up the majority of road traffic victims.

In 2018, at least 1,424 pedestrians were killed compared to 1,319, who died in 2017. Overall, death on the road increased by 5.4 percentage points from 3,500 fatalities in 2017. Nearly 10,000 people survived with injuries.Most of the death of pedestrians happened in Kampala Metropolitan Area (Kampala City, Wakiso and Mukono), where road discipline is expected to be high because of the good level of traffic literacy.

 

 

In presenting the Annual Crime and Traffic/Road Safety Report 2018, Dr. Kasiima provided the following insights

1.Nature of Road crashes

Nature of Crashes

2018

2017

% change

Fatal

3,194

3,051

4.7

Serious

6,085

6,530

-6.8

Minor

3,526

3,663

-3.7

Total

12,805

13,244

-3.3

2.Accident Distribution by Region

Region

Fatal

Serious

Minor

Total

Kampala Metropolitan East

212

719

424

1,355

Kampala Metropolitan South

198

1076

1241

2,515

Kampala Metropolitan North

255

846

274

1,375

Wamala

156

139

72

367

Katonga

112

142

58

312

Ssezibwa

105

144

72

321

Savannah

83

190

80

353

Greater Masaka

207

216

93

516

Rwizi

263

178

91

532

Kigezi

94

107

94

295

Greater Bushenyi

71

97

55

223

Kiira

77

145

90

312

Busoga East

148

166

89

403

Busoga North

45

87

18

150

Elgon

92

118

50

260

Bukedi

122

219

73

414

Sipi

15

19

12

46

Aswa

154

261

153

568

North Kyoga

135

187

69

391

Rwenzori West

146

162

63

371

Rwenzori East

17

23

9

49

Albertine

206

240

101

547

West Nile

127

182

80

389

North West Nile

36

79

50

165

East Kyoga

92

253

74

419

Mt. Moroto

16

64

31

111

Kidepo

10

26

10

46

TOTAL

3,194

6,085

3,256

12,805

3.Comparison of Fatalities by Road User Group 2017 and 2018

Road user Category

2017

2018

%age change

Driver

159

202

27.0

Motor cyclist

918

878

-4.4

Pedal cyclist

177

160

-9.6

Passenger on Motor cycle

364

380

4.4

Passenger in Light Omnibus

94

93

-1.1

Passenger in Medium Omnibus

22

30

36.4

Passenger in Heavy Omnibus

10

48

380.0

Passengers in other vehicles

437

474

8.5

Pedestrians

1,319

1424

8.0

Total

3,500

3,689

5.4

4.Comparison of persons seriously injured by road user group 2017 and 2018

Road User Category

2017

2018

%age change

Driver

746

696

-6.7

Motor cyclist

2,748

2,356

-14.3

Pedal cyclist

438

328

-25.1

Passenger on Motor cycle

1,697

1,725

1.6

Passenger in Light Omnibus

730

651

-10.8

Passenger in Medium Omnibus

153

50

-67.3

Passenger in Heavy Omnibus

123

234

90.2

Passengers in other vehicles

1,650

1,584

-4.0

Pedestrians

2,135

1,917

-10.2

Total

10,420

9,539

-8.5

5.Comparison of persons who sustained minor injuries by road user group 2017 and 2018

Road User Category

2017

2018

%age change

Driver

184

158

-14.1

Motor cyclist

180

220

22.2

Pedal cyclist

27

49

81.5

Passenger on Motor cycle

131

179

36.6

Passenger in Light Omnibus

52

33

-36.5

Passenger in Medium Omnibus

10

8

-20.0

Passenger in Heavy Omnibus

17

15

-11.8

Passengers in other vehicles

178

267

50.0

Pedestrians

155

259

67.1

Total

934

1,188

27.2

6.Accident Victims by Age and Gender

Age group

Killed

Seriously Injured

Slightly Injured

Total

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Below 18

422

248

546

500

104

89

1,909

18- 24

429

83

1113

476

148

65

2,314

25- 34

880

150

2480

769

301

97

4,677

35 – 44

542

108

1392

411

161

60

2,674

45 – 54

263

72

578

217

66

31

1,227

55- 64

138

38

240

98

27

16

557

65- 74

76

24

95

51

3

4

253

>75

49

22

69

42

2

1

185

Unknown

121

24

360

102

9

4

620

Total

2,920

769

6,873

2,666

821

367

14,416

7.Nature of Crashes with respect to Causes January – December 2018

Causes of Crashes

Nature of Accident

Total

Reckless Driving

1,613

2,213

902

4,728

Over speeding

88

162

64

314

Over loading

17

28

58

103

Dangerous loading

10

29

13

52

Under influence of alcohol

25

50

36

111

Careless pedestrian

305

473

201

979

Careless driving

830

2698

2013

5541

Passenger falls from vehicle

51

40

27

118

Dazzled by Lights

5

7

11

23

Obstacle on carriage way

0

0

1

1

DMC

100

154

98

352

Unknown cause

150

231

102

483

Sub Total

3,194

6,085

3,526

12,805

8.Class of Vehicle Involved in Crashes

Class of Vehicle

2017

2018

% change

Motor cars

6,255

5,690

-9.0

Dual-purpose vehicles

936

803

-14.2

Light Omnibus

2,382

2,241

-5.9

Medium Omnibus

182

217

19.2

Heavy Omnibus

281

245

-12.8

Light goods vehicles

1,323

1,307

-1.2

Medium goods vehicles

960

947

-1.4

Heavy goods vehicles

395

224

-43.3

Trailers & Semi-Trailers

472

610

29.2

Fuel Truck

93

90

-3.2

Engineering plant

33

49

48.5

Tractors

62

89

43.5

Motor cycles

6,310

5,503

-12.8

Pedal cycles

511

462

-9.6

Pedestrian Controlled Vehicles

36

49

36.1

Total

20,231

18,526

-8.4

In concluding this matter, key ideas were generated for the stakeholders to apply to help improve road safety in the country.