Crime

WATCH: Two drivers of govt vehicles arrested over reckless driving

A screengrab shows the driver of a government vehicle abuse traffic regulations by crossing over to another lane on Monday, September 18, 2023

Kampala, (UG): The Police at Jinja Road in Kampala are holding two drivers of government vehicles after they were captured on camera recklessly driving along Ntinda Strecher Road in Nakawa Division, a Kampala urban suburb.

In the video which police shared in a post via X (formerly Twitter), a whistleblower filmed the reckless drivers abusing the road traffic laws by making a U-turn in a traffic jam and driving over the road dividers to join another lane.

According to Traffic Police Spokesperson, SP Kananura Michael, the incident happened on Monday, September 18, 2023, with one driver driving a Toyota Hilux vehicle and another driving a Land Cruiser vehicle belonging to the Uganda Police.

“On September 18, 2023, a whistleblower cited and recorded the actions of the drivers of two vehicles: M/V Registration Number UG 0120Q (Hilux) driven by Bukenya Steven and M/V Registration Number UP 4911 (Land Cruiser) driven by Sabiti Dan,” Mr Kananura said in a statement.

“Based on the compelling evidence captured in the shared video, both drivers were arrested and promptly charged, and are currently detained at Jinja Road Police Station, under Ref.TSD 16/19/09/23 and TSD 17/19/09/23, pending their court appearance,” Kananura noted.

He also commended the whistleblower who captured the reckless drivers and shared the video with police, saying the incident adds to the traffic police’s effort to ensure road safety and adherence to the appropriate usage of the road by the public.

“We extend our commendation to all whistleblowers who take the initiative to capture and share such vital videos. We encourage them to persist in these efforts until we witness improved road safety,” said Kananura.

”Furthermore, we issue a stern warning to all drivers who engage in reckless behaviour, contributing to road congestion and danger. Remember, road safety is a collective responsibility,” he added.

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