Police announces massive operation on drunk drivers

Man Jose Kayima

Police has announced a massive operation around the country targeting drunk drivers and those driving past the prescribed speed limits on Ugandan roads.

The operation named ‘Fika Salama Extra’ announced jointly by the Police Force, Uganda National Roads Authority and the Ministry of Health will be carried out on Kampala Entebbe Expressway, major highways and other roads in the country will start next week and run until January 2024.

“According to global status report on road safety 2018, 1.35million people died and 50million sustained injuries globally. Developing economies record higher rates of traffic injuries with 93% of all fatalities coming from Low- and Middle-Income Countries. In Uganda we lose 12 people daily on average in traffic road crashes. It is against this background that we are launching a special intervention to reduce crashes on Ugandan roads,” traffic police spokesperson, Michael Kananura said on Friday.

Police recently said at least 2000 people have been killed in the first six months of the year 2023 as accidents continue to claim lives of people on Ugandan roads.

For example road accidents between January and July 2023 increased by 12.8% from 10,025 in the same period last year to 11312 .

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