By Fred Kiva & Joshua Nahamya
Traffic Police has warned against driving under influence of alcohol and other brain intoxicants in this festive season.
This was contained in a traffic guidelines statement ahead of the festivities issued on Friday. Addressing journalists at Central Police Station, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Norman Musinga also urged bus drivers to stick to their route charts and avoid return journeys.
“All bus drivers should comply with the route charts and avoid return journey. Public Service Vehicles (Buses, Coasters and Taxis) are warned to avoid excess passengers,” Musinga emphasized, adding: “Passengers are encouraged to speak out. Do not accept to be carried in excess and driven carelessly.”
Musinga noted that during the festive season, activities both economic and social tend to be on the rise and thus increased movements on roads and the likelihood of accident occurrence.
“Our mission therefore as Kampala Metropolitan Traffic is to ensure “a crash free festive season on highways, roads in Municipalities and towns,” he said.
Meanwhile in Rwizi, Regional Traffic Officer Justine Opus says operations will be intensified to ensure sanity on roads during the festivities. He urged passengers to be vigilant and report any driver abusing traffic laws and regulations.
The regional traffic officer’s comments followed a fatal accident on Thursday evening in which a boda boda cyclist and two of his passengers were crashed by a Range rover registration number UAM 338Y, being driven by a one Frank Rweranga.
The unidentified bodaboda cyclist riding motorcycle number UEU 993F, was trying to overtake the Range rover when he together with the passengers were knocked dead at Rwegajo Cell on the Mbarara-Masaka Highway.