Traffic offences are punishable under the Traffic and Road Safety Act. Different offences are prescribed different penalties, which include paying a cash penalty or imprisonment.
For instance, a motorist who causes death or injures a person through dangerous driving is finned Shs4m or imprisoned for five years.
Other offences including driving an unlicensed vehicle are prescribed different penalties such as:
Driving unlicensed or uninsured car
For using an unlicensed car, you risk a fine of between Shs200,000 and Shs600,000 and or imprisonment of between one and two years.
Dangerous mechanical condition
A car in poor mechanical condition or overloaded is fined between Shs300,000 and Shs1.2m and or imprisonment of between six months and two years.
Driving under the influence of alcohol
This is one of the major causes of accidents. It attracts a fine of Shs300,000 and Shs1.2m or imprisonment of between six months and two years.
Failure to observe speed limit
Majority of city roads have a speed limit of between 30 and 40 kilometres per hour while high ways and carriage roads have a limit of between 50 and 100 kilometres per hour. Therefore, failure to observe the speed limit can attract a fine of between Shs300,000 and Shs1.2m or an imprisonment term of between six months and two years.
Driving without a permit
Many people drive without a permit but it is a traffic offense that attracts a fine of between Shs600,000 and Shs3m or imprisonment of one to five years.