By Micheal Kasozi,
Following the launch of intensified operations against errant boda boda riders that will start next week across the country, the Rukungiri district traffic officer IP Tibeijuka James has called on boda boda riders to embrace road discipline and abide by the traffic rules.
While speaking to our reporter, IP Tibeijuka disclosed that there will be increased surveillance on all roads in the district come Monday 7th November 2022 to contain motorists who will not be adhering to traffic regulations.
Tibeijuka says boda boda cyclists account for the biggest number of accidents on Ugandan roads and this has necessitated a crack down to reverse the trend .
He adds that the boda boda cyclists will be targeted during the operations to enforce wearing of reflector jackets, crash helmets, and police will be on the lookout for those carrying more than one passenger and those without third party insurance among others.
He also warned passengers against sitting on a boda boda which already has an occupant. He advised those not ready to comply standing orders to stay home and concentrate on other income generating activities rather than endangering the lives of Ugandans
The police annual crime report indicated that boda bodas killed 1918 people including riders and passengers in 2021.
This meant that five people were killed by boda bodas every day last year whereas a total of 2393 people sustained injuries due to accidents caused by boda boda cyclists.