The National Police Traffic and Road Safety department has called for vigilance to protect and ensure the safety of all road users.
The call was made by the spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety department, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, who explained that some motorists breach traffic rules and regulations especially in the ongoing presidential campaigns, calling it “an intolerable malpractice.”
“The campaigns or any other events do not replace laws; they are organized and conducted in consideration of other legal and safety instruments, and traffic rules and regulations are among those legal tools that ensure that people are safe on roads as they enjoy their electoral rights,” CIP Kabanda said.
“Every vehicle should be used for its purpose and with all the requirements. If it’s licensed to transport people or goods, that should be respected. Appropriate action will be taken against any driver or vehicle that will be found in activities that are contrary,” he added.
He noted that although there are no major incidents in the ongoing election campaigns, road users should remain vigilant.
The traffic spokesperson outlined having vehicle insurance and mechanical inspection certificate, driver’s license as well as respecting road safety signposts, as some of the requirements to prevent road carnage.
“It doesn’t mean that if your mechanical inspection certificate is still valid, you can’t again take your vehicle for inspection. It’s about acting responsibly and vigilance. It is all about your safety, the safety of passengers and all road users, and at the same time ensuring the well-being of families and dependent’s,” CIP Kabanda said.
He also reminded motorcyclists to always wear helmets, reflector jackets, have insurance and driver’s license, and strictly transport one passenger.