The Uganda Police Force has announced the resumption of the Fika Salama operations ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s Festivities.
As many Ugandans plan to drive to villages to spend the festive season with their families, CP Bazil Mugisha the Ag. Director Traffic and Road Safety says the police are anticipating heavy traffic flow, hence re-introduction of Fika Salama check-points.
These checkpoints, Mugisha says will target speeding, reckless and careless driving offences that are largely responsible for road carnage.
They will also target incompetent drivers, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition, boda boda riders who flout traffic regulations as well as those flouting COVID-19 SOPs while on the road.
“We shall mount checkpoints at specific locations along the highways and they will be manned 24 hours” CP Mugisha warned.
He added that all offenders committing offences will be taken to Courts of law, while the offence of failing to stop and obstructing police officers will attract automatic detention.
Also, all offenders who flout COVID-19 SOPs shall be handed over to CID for prosecution.
He added that the guidelines will be enforced in accordance with the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998.