Police has directed traffic police to stop and inspect commuter taxi heading up-country and if they find either the driver or any of the passengers are drunk and stop them from proceeding on their journey.
The announcement was made this weeend by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesa during a media briefing at Central Police Station – in Kampala.
Kaweesi, the Director Kampala Metropolitan Police, made the directive to the traffic department following a Boxing Day accident that claimed the lives of seven people and injured another seven.
The group, all drunk, were travelling in a taxi from Busabala beach back to Mukono when their car was involved in a head-on collision at Kigunga with an on-coming trailer loaded with wheat and heading to Maganjo.
Kaweesi said that like bus inspection that has helped to check on over speeding buses, the traffic police would move in to prevail on the travelling public who are risking their lives with not only drunken drivers but even drunken passengers.
According to him either of the two would cause an accident, which makes it better to stop a vehicle from proceeding on its journey.
Kaweesi said the driver of the taxi swerved from his side to the right and they had a head-on collision.
The accident was a rude wake up to the traffic police who had enjoyed a relatively accident free Christmas season.
Kaweesi said they were going to change their operations and traffic control.