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RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS ROAD SITUATION IN UGANDA

RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS ROAD SITUATION IN UGANDA

To address road traffic fatalities in Uganda, Mr. Jimmy Osuret-a research associate at Makerere University makes  the following recommendations  after carrying out a study in the East African Country

  • Reduce urban speed limit to less than 50 km/hr, preferably 30km/hr or less for urban locations with increased pedestrian activity
  • Lower blood alcohol content  limit (0.05 g/dl or below) for the general population
  • Lower blood alcohol content  limit(0.02 g/dl or below) for novice or young drivers
  • Require the fastening of helmets by motorcycle riders (drivers and passengers)
  • Establish helmet standards for children based on age
  • Enforce existing helmet laws
  • Enforce existing seatbelt laws for both front and rear-seat road users
  • Ensure children are protected by a child restraint law
  • Transport planning and roads should prioritize pedestrians
  • Inclusion of safe crossing points and pedestrian walkways
  • Establish and implement a road crash data base system
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