Transport Ministry, Police Announce Tough Festive Road Safety Measures

The Ministry of Works and Transport in collaboration with the traffic police have announced stringent traffic measures to curb accidents during the festive season.

This follows up to 390 road crashes that have been registered across the country between December 10 – 19th 2022. Of these 71 cases were fatal, 202 victims escaped with serious injuries while 117 had minor injuries.

The latest being the fatal crash that claimed the life of Patrick Okabe, the Serere County legislator and his wife Christine Okabe at Naboa along Mbale-Tirinyi road on Monday.

Earlier on December 18, a nasty crash involving a bus registration number UAW 561P belonging to Global Coaches and a saloon car Toyota Corolla Fielder registration number UBL 270S occurred at Nabusanke Trading Centre, along Kampala-Masaka road and killed four people.

It is against this background that Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport announced stringent measures on Tuesday afternoon to curb accidents.

He directed police to enhance vigilance and impound all vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions, arrest drunk drivers, drivers without valid driving licenses, and those using hand held mobile phones among others.

While addressing a press conference at the Uganda Media Centre, the Minister of transport and works also banned all Passenger Service Vehicles – PSVs plying the different routes across the country from making return journeys, arguing that it is a selfish practice that risks the lives of travellers.

He urged the public to use the toll free line 0800 199 099 to report errant drivers, accidents and call for rescue when the need arises.

At the same presser, Traffic Police Spokesperson Faridah Nampiima revealed that all vehicles must have the red-yellow colour triangular reflector. The triangular reflector is always put 100 feet behind and in front of a broken down car as a warning to other drivers.

The Acting Traffic and Road Safety Commissioner of Police– CP, Lawrence Niwabiine said implementation of the directives start immediately and warned that motorists who violate the traffic law will face arrests.

The 2021 Police report revealed that up to 4,159 died of different road crashes in the country. Of those 1,390 were motorcyclists; 1,384 pedestrians, 528 passengers on motorcycles and 200 drivers.

In comparison, the traffic and road safety deaths stood at 3,663 the previous year 2020. During the year, the people most killed in road crashes were pedestrians, standing at 1,258, while motorcyclists killed were 1,146 while passengers on motorcycles who died were 409.

According to police, up to 336,722 traffic offenders were arrested and in 2021 with the majority of offenders facing charges of careless driving, over speeding, driving vehicles and motor vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions. 

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