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Road Safety Issues

Speeding

The difference of a few kilometres per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.

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Drunk Driving

Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely.

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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, —anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

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Fatigued Driving

There is a significant increase in the risk of you being involved in a crash if you are becoming tired when driving. When you are starting to become tired you can’t concentrate properly on your driving and so you can’t respond as quickly and safely as you should.

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Seat belts

Motor vehicle drivers and passengers must sit in a seat that has a seat belt available and they must have the seat belt fastened and worn correctly. Passengers are not allowed to travel in the back of trucks, utes or panel vans, unless there are approved seat belts provided.

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Drugs & Driving

Drunk driving gets a lot of media attention, but drugged driving can be just as serious and devastating. It happens less often than drunk driving, but the consequences are no less severe. It is important that we all understand how drugs can impair our perceptions and abilities to drive a vehicle.

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Intersections and roundabouts

Roundabouts cause little delay in low to medium traffic flows, and require less maintenance than signalised intersections. Geometric design is crucial to the safety of a roundabout. Curves on the approaches to require all vehicles to slow down before entering.

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Road signs and Markings

The Highway Code explains how to use our roads safely and has information on the road signs and markings used on Uganda’s roads. It has been written for all road users, including pedestrians, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers.

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Commercial Vehicles

Commercial motor vehicles are an important part of our nation’s economy and have a large presence on our highways. They make significant contributions to the improvement of road safety.

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Pedestrians & Workers

One of the risks involved in road construction is presented by the presence of pedestrians and members of the public walking or driving near or through construction zones.

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Animals on the Road

Wild animals are unpredictable, easily scared and often panic at the sight of a motor vehicle. Animals will wander onto or cross a road in search of food without any thought of traffic.

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Driver attitude and aggression

Young people often believe that driving skills and knowledge about driving are all that is needed for them to be safe on the roads. However, one of the most important influences on driving ability is their attitude towards driving and the resultant behaviour on the road.

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Off-Highway Vehicles

When you operate an all-terrain vehicle, you must obey the Act respecting off-highway vehicles, the regulations made under that Act, and some provisions of the Highway Code.

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Visibility

Visibility is Key in Avoiding Pedestrian, Motor Cyclist and Bicycle Accidents. From going to work to dropping kids at school, stopping at the grocery store afterward, attending business meetings and recreational events, moving through traffic is a constant part of our lives.

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Safety Gear

Cyclists, due to their small size, are among the most vulnerable road users. To enhance their safety on the road, cyclists must obey all traffic rules and regulations. Many cyclists’ accidents can also be prevented if they use the proper safety gear.

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