- There has been a significant reduction in the number of fatalities involving pedestrians, pillion passengers and motorcyclists.
- NTSA attributed the decrease in the number of fatalities to increased public education and awareness through government-initiated safety programs.
- NTSA advises road users to be more cautious, especially during the rainy season, to avoid accidents.
There has been a significant reduction in the number of fatalities involving pedestrians, pillion passengers and motorcyclists.
This is according to the latest report released by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Thursday.
The report notes that the overall number of fatalities dropped from 1,021 to 974 which represents a 4.6 per cent drop.
“The Authority reports a reduction in the number of fatalities involving pedestrians, pillion passengers and motorcyclists. Overall numbers show a reduction in fatalities from 1,021 to 974, a 4.6% drop compared to a similar period in 2022,” the statement read.
NTSA attributed the decrease in the number of fatalities to increased public education and awareness through government-initiated safety programs.
“This reduction is mainly attributed to increased public education and awareness through the Government Road Safety Mainstreaming Programme and the Usalama Barabarani Campaign supported by the European Union,” the NTSA report said.
“The road safety sensitization initiatives are geared towards behavior and attitude change especially among vulnerable road users.”
NTSA advises road users to be more cautious especially during the rainy season to avoid accidents.
“As the Authority continues to implement strategies to reduce road traffic crashes, we note that a large part of the Country is currently experiencing heavy rainfall and we urge road users to be cognizant of the risks associated with driving in the rain,” NTSA said.
“In the past, we have witnessed unnecessary loss of lives due to poor driver judgment. Incidents of drivers operating school buses, public service vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles in an attempt to drive through water resulted in both serious and fatal injuries. We call upon drivers not to endanger their lives and that of their passengers as hydroplaning is a serious threat during the rainy season.”
The table below shows a summary of fatalities as of March 20, 2023:
Likewise, the authority appealed to road users to practise safe driving and be mindful of other road users as we approach the Easter Festive season.
“Additionally, as the Easter Festivities approach, we request road users to engage in safe road use practices, exercise caution and be mindful of others as road safety is a shared responsibility,” the statement read.