By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Inspector-General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has warned the general public especially travellers and motorists against violating the night curfew that runs between 9pm to 6am.
This was revealed In his Christmas message delivered by police spokesperson Fred Enanga at the Uganda Media Center, Ochola warned all people travelling upcountry to be mindful of the night-time curfew, saying police will apprehend whoever is found violating it.
Enanga further warned drivers not to drink and drive to avoid accidents that tend to be on the rise during the festive season adding that they have already deployed enough personnel on highways and towns to enforce compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines and mostly the curfew time.
Enanga noted that Fika-Salama operations are on with the aim of stopping reckless motorists and other drivers on both major and access routes to stem accidents that tend to rise in the festival season.
“Fika-Salama operations will be targeting incompetent and errant drivers, vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions, and those driving while drunk, we don’t want to see people losing lives,” said Enanga.
The 2019 traffic police records indicate that December and January registered the highest number of deaths resulting from traffic accidents. At least 364 died in December last year while 376 died in January.
Police attribute the deaths in December to excitement where people drive carelessly and others drive fast to reach their destinations while other drivers according to police spend time drinking in bars and drive under the influence of alcohol.
Enanga has also cautioned people leaving their homes for the festival days in the villages to heighten the security measures in their homes against burglars who take advantage of other people’s absence during this period to robe property.