Crime & Investigation

Road Accidents: Police Arrest 800 Drivers in 3 Weeks

One of the arrested drunkards in an operation in Kampala this past weekend

Police has in the past three weeks arrested a total of 825 drivers in the ongoing operation ‘Fika Salama’ (reach safely) along the Kampala–Masaka Highway, more about ChimpReports has learnt.

Addressing journalists at a weekly news conference on Monday at the police headquarters in Naguru, the police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi confirmed that their trans-night operations have been successful after netting a good number of culprits found on the wrong side of the law while using the road.

“Between August 11 and 27, we have been able to arrest a good number of them, 352 drivers with cases related to driving permits,142 reckless driving and 129 people have been arrested for driving Dangerous Mechanical Condition vehicles along the Kampala-Masaka- Katuna Highway,” Kaweesi said on Monday.

He noted that they have found out that many drivers take to the roads without driving permits stressing that on several occasions individuals with valid permits leave them at home.

“The operation has served as an empirical test that most accidents are not caused by the conditions of the roads or weather as many people say but rather human error. Things like reckless driving and over speeding are the main cause of our road accidents,” AIGP Kaweesi said.

Delayed justice 

The police mouthpiece however noted there is a challenge of the big number of cases which he said has delayed justice to a number of the drivers whom he said remain in police detention beyond the mandatory 48 hours before production to court.

He warned this will not deter them from the cause of seeing the number of accidents reduce on Ugandan roads, stressing the operations will continue.

“We have started seeing tangible results as accidents have reduced but this will not stop us from continuing with the operation ‘Fika Salama’ until we realize the preventable accidents are no more on Ugandan roads,” he assured.

In the last 2 months, over 50 people lost their lives on Ugandan roads and many of these accidents have since been attributed to reckless driving and over speeding.

On July 2, tragedy befell the people of Kampiringisa along Masaka road after an accident involving a Toyota Noah, taxis and trailer claimed over 20 people.

The police and Uganda National Roads Authority have since launched the operation ‘Fiika Salama’ (Reach safely) along the Kampala- Masaka road  in a bid to curb on these accidents.


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