Police have heightened the Fika Salama operation along major highways, the traffic police director has revealed.
Addressing journalists on Monday, Dr. Stephen Kasiima said in the past few months, police had loosened up on the operation, but would step it up again and start prosecuting offenders, following Sunday’s deadly accident.
He explained that in the past the police have been lenient to motorists who violate road regulations by giving them time to pay express penalties, only for this chance to be abused by drivers.
“Traffic offences are crimes and we have the discretion to arrest offenders. We have realized that if we don’t strengthen, the motorists will continue to misbehave.”
Driver on the Run
Kasiima also revealed that police are looking for a one Moses Ssentongo, the driver of a taxi that caused the deadly accident on Sunday.
Over 10 people died on Eid day when a Kampala bound taxi was involved in a head-on collision with a Toyota Premio that was headed to Masaka at Kalandazzi.
“The reckless taxi driver from Lyantonde tried to overtake another vehicle colliding with the Toyota Premio which was on the opposite side of the road,”Kasiima said.
He revealed that all the occupants of the Premio and 3 from the taxi died on spot at one of the deadliest spots along the Kampala -Masaka highway.
The taxi driver who caused the accident managed to escape and is police are hunting for him.
“He was not among the dead, neither was he among the victims we took to hospital,” Kasiima said.
He however noted that in the recent past, accidents on major highways had reduced.
On July 2,2016, a tragic incident happened at Kampirigisa along Masaka road when over 4 vehicles including taxis, trailer and Toyota Noah had a head-on collision that led to death of over 20 people.
Police would later launch operation Fika Salama to check on the road carnage.
The Police director in charge of Traffic recently revealed that the deadly Kampala- Masaka highway was meant to carry a capacity of only 150,000 vehicles a month but noted the number has increased to more than one million vehicles which has partly contributed to accidents.
“The congestion on the road has come with effects like accidents caused by reckless and speedy drivers “The congestion on the road has come with effects like accidents caused by reckless and speedy drivers,” Kasiima noted.