The Uganda Police Force traffic department has issued guidelines to be followed by all road users across the country, during the festive season.
According to ASP Faridah Nampiima the PRO traffic, the festive season is usually characterized by increased movement of goods and persons, as well as increased volume of traffic on roads especially from urban centres to villages for Christmas celebrations.
In a press statement released this afternoon, Nampiima says that numerous social entertainment activities, religious functions, fireworks display country wide, political related activities among others all take placed during this season.
She also highlighted that the Directorate will carry out several measures to curb indiscipline on the road during the period, starting 15th December.
Some of the measures include; Establishing barriers at identified black spots and speeding zones which will be manned day and night. The check points will be manned 24 hours /7 days a week.
There will be an increase motorised patrols [vehicles and motor cycles}, strengthening operations on speeding using the already deployed speed guns and carrying out operations on reckless driving and other offences that are largely responsible for road carnage.
They will also carry out sensitization of road users against drunk driving, reminding all drivers not to drink and drive.
Ensuring that only competent drivers are on the roads by checking for validity of their driver’s licence all drivers are reminded to drive on roads with a copy of a valid driving license, inspecting vehicles to ascertain their road worthiness and all drivers are reminded to avoid driving vehicles which are in a dangerous mechanical condition on the roads, enhance operations on boda boda, using CCTV cameras to arrest offenders and strengthening the fika salama operations at all fika salama check points which operate 24 hours/7days.
Nampiima says they will also enhance community policing which is already being done by the different officers in charge of traffic in the different parts of the country.
She urged the public to call the traffic directorate toll free lines and report traffic violation on board this number Tel: 0800199099.
Meanwhile, all offenders will be issued with express penalty ticket except for offences of failing to stop, reckless driving, drink drive, causing bodily injury where offenders will be produced in courts of law.
The EPS tickets shall be paid instantly before the offender proceeds on his or her journey.
She further warned that all offenders who flout covid 19 SOPs shall be handed over to CID for prosecution and their vehicles impounded.