Police has urged motorists and other road users to take extra care to ensure safety and security of persons and goods along the high ways this festive season.
First, all motorists must have their vehicles in good mechanical conditions, have valid driving permits and avoid drink driving, over speeding.
They must respect traffic regulations and abide by the guidelines given by the traffic officers on the roads and high ways, said police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima.
“The Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety will intensify traffic operations with a view of ensuring that we minimize road accidents.”
As a result, Fika Salaam operations will be intensified along the highways to deliver safety on the roads.
All motorists must pay their EPS tickets quickly to avoid being apprehended.
Once found with unpaid tickets, vehicles will be parked to demand that you first pay before you proceed.
“And it is simple to know whether your vehicle has paid the EPS tickets by simply doing the following using your mobile phone facility: Go to messages, type EPS (leave space) type vehicle number and send to 8888.”
Riders must avoid pillion riding, flouting traffic lights and use of more lights on their bikes that are a cause of accidents. They should abide by the laws that govern all motorists.
The traffic police on top of using Fika salama to ensure safety on the roads will continuously and vigorously carry out operations to ensure that vehicles that are road worth are the only ones on the roads.
They will equally employ breath analysers for the drink drive operations, use permit readers to ensure all drivers are authorised by law to drive and speed guns to make sure that all motorists comply with the acceptable speed limits in different areas.
GENERAL SECURITY GUIDELINES
“In general terms, all of us have to take precautions to address our local security concerns like terror attacks, cross boarder organised crimes and well as thefts, burglaries, house breaking and economic crimes like frauds,” said Kayima.
Crime tends to rise during festive seasons like these which calls for vigilance, closely working with security agencies to address these matters to ensure total peace and security.
Parents must take care of their children and families; brief them on the existing dangers including possible kidnaps, sexual abuse and murders. These holidays tend to give a lot of liberty to children and this can cause them trouble.
Vigilance on the part of the community is paramount. Working hand in hand with security is equally important.
“Use of the police counter phones provided will enhance security and increase our response time.”
Equally, use of CCTV cameras, trained dogs and trusted guards for business premises and homes that can afford them is very important.