The commissioner for traffic and Road safety Stephen Kasiima says members of the police traffic department will work throughout the Christmas season to ensure accidents are minimized. Kasiima says there has been a reduction in accidents in the last two years because of increased police vigilance and want the trend to continue.
In 2006 the traffic department recorded 2808 deaths on the roads and the number reduced to 2035 deaths in 2007 and by Tuesday evening the Police had recorded 1200 deaths. Uganda records the highest number of accident in December as people rush to the villages to celebrate Christmas while transporters double their trips to reap big from the increased number of travelers.
Kasiima says check points have been established at all black spots on major highways to minimize loss of life on the roads.
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Kasiima says to achieve a reduction in the road carnage police has increased traffic personnel from 200 two and a half years ago, to 800 increasing police presence on major roads.
He however says the police are faced with a challenge of the increasing number of motor vehicles on Uganda's roads, on average 120 vehicles are registered daily.
Kasiima says reckless driving, failure to observe speed limits, road signs and disregard for other road users remains the biggest cause of road accidents.
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According to Kasiima, the traffic department would sustain enforcement of traffic regulations because it's paying dividends.