Stiff Traffic Penalties Curb Road Accidents


web geneva; font-size: small;”>According to the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Commander Lawrence Nuwabine, physician they recorded a 13 percent decrease in the accidents for the year 2013 compared to 2012.

Nuwabine attributed the great achievement to a number of factors including road safety sensitization whereby traffic police have been working hand in hand with the bus owners and other road users on basics of preventing road accidents.

“Traffic police deployment on all highways and main roads in the country has helped to enforce traffic regulations among all road users,” said Nuwabine.

He added: “Also the receipt penalty scheme which involves issuing fine receipts to drivers who have failed to abide by the Ugandan traffic rules and regulations has helped.”

Police’s compulsory discipline to the drivers caught overloading, drink and driving and over speeding has also led to the reduction in road accidents.

Nuwabine said drunk driving has been solved by setting up a number of check points on almost all roads especially those leading to happening places where drunk drivers are detected by blowing in the machine detecting the alcohol intake commonly known as “Kawunyemu.”

Return journeys were suspended for the bus drivers after it was identified as one of the major causes of road accidents. Bus drivers are not allowed to make two journeys in a day.

This has been enforced by putting up a number of checkpoints on all highways where every bus driver has to be checked and registered so as he does not drive back.

Nuwabiine noted: “I would like to warn all reckless drivers who don’t want to abide by the traffic rules and regulations that we shall deal with you.”


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