Police have arrested 136 drivers on Kampala –Masaka Road in a bid to address the increasing number of accidents.
Ms Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, said 64 drivers have been already arraigned before court whereas 72 drivers are expected to appear in court today.
“Our traffic department in partnership with stakeholders have arrested 136 drivers on Masaka Road for drunk driving, driving with no or expired permits and vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions (DMC),” Ms Namaye said while addressing the media at police headquarters.
The traffic police in partnership with Uganda National Roads Authority and Works and Transport Ministry last week launched an operation code named Fika Salaama (arrive safely) aimed at promoting safety on the road and reminding road users of their obligation towards observing the traffic and road safety guidelines.
More than 200 people have perished in Masaka Road accidents since the start of this year. In addition, scores have been left with serious injuries.
Ms Namaye said other drivers have been arrested over careless driving, dangerous loading, diving without a badge (for bus drivers), having no third party insurance, failing to stop, failing to comply, driving numberless cars, no rental license, and interference.
“On this note, the Uganda Police Force would like to remind all drivers especially those who drive passenger vehicles to ensure that they acquire the Passenger Service Vehicle license (PSV),” she said.
The police encouraged drivers to have in possession photocopies of their driving permits or the provisional ones especially for Boda Boda riders ahead of the pending traffic operations in Kampala Metropolitan area.
Last month, police in Kampala impounded over 10000 motorcycles for pillion driving, poor mechanical conditions, lack of crash helmets and driving permits. The police collected over Shs200m from fines and clearances.