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Buganda Royal Institute Students Perish In Motor Accident

Buganda Royal Institute students accident vehicle
Buganda Royal Institute students accident vehicle

The families, relatives, and friends of the Buganda Royal Institute students who perished in a motor accident are mourning the untimely demise of their loved ones.

A total of six students are reported to have breathed their last on Saturday evening as they were traveling in a small Black Toyota Ractis to a beach party in Musinde, Garuga Road, Katabi town council, in Entebbe.

According to eyewitnesses, the car was overspeeding when the driver fully lost control and balance on the road. He crashed knocking other vehicles parked at the roadside.

Four of the occupants including the driver, Jauhara Ssempebwa, Ssentongo Hassan, Mayanja Joseph, and Taremwa Kevin died on the spot. In contrast, the other two occupants passed away after being transferred to Kisubi Hospital for medical attention.

The Buganda Royal Institute Students who passed away are said to have been course-mates and were due to graduate the same year. The party they were traveling to had been organized by one of their friend who called them to attend.

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Based on the recently published traffic accident report, 432 accidents were recorded, 97 being fatal, 202 were serious and 133 were minor. However, of the 432 victims, 100 lost their lives and 332 got injuries. The  major causes of the accidents in the country have been attributed to various factors, including:

-Speeding and exceeding prescribed speed limits.

-Careless overtaking maneuvers.

-Overtaking on blind corners and hills

-Attemptingovertaking maneuvres when faced with multiple vehicles ahead

-Distracted driving such as using a mobile phone texting etc.

-Road obstruction caused by broken down motor vehicles.

-Drug abuse including under the influence of alcohol.

From the report, the Uganda police force advised drivers to take the following measures to avoid more road carnages.

-Adhere to the given speed limit on all roads.

-Exercise caution and patience while overtaking another vehicle.

-Place rectangular reflectors at the front and back of the broken-down vehicle.

-Be vigilant and report bad driving while on the road.

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