Behaviour change can curb road carnage
Posted Thursday, October 24 2013 at 01:00
More than 20,000 people die every year in traffic accidents on Ugandan roads and many more in East Africa, a number bigger than that of malaria victims. Moreover, the number can easily double if nothing is done now to stop the carnage.
The majority of road accidents on our roads are preventable. Poor road safety culture and failure to strictly enforce traffic rules are chiefly to blame for the high accident rates.
We can implement road safety management, safer roads and safer road users and enhanced post- crash response. In Uganda’s case, we could do this by seeking to change our road culture. Attitude shifts like observing speed limits, proper vehicle maintenance and respecting other road users are required to instill Uganda’s culture of safe road usage.