Civilians who are illegally using sirens and flashing lights risk losing their vehicles and being charged in Courts of law, if caught by Uganda police officers.
CP Fred Enanga the police Spokesperson says they have been lenient and only confiscating the sirens then cautioning the defaulters, but have decided to launch operations and this time, confiscate the vehicles.
“We have noticed that the dangerous habit is still being exploited by indisciplined drivers. Therefore, those drivers, motorists including boda boda riders who will be found to be using emergency lights and sirens on roads illegally, will now have them confiscated and the suspects charged to court. Any repeated violations will lead to further court action under
Sec 123(5) &6 of the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998” Enanga said.
He added that concerns from the public are that motorists including boda bodas with sirens and Flashlights pose very serious danger to other road users and the public while illegally using them.
The errant motorists discharge high density lights causing more glare, causing obstruction oncoming traffic or temporary blindness to the driver. “This habit has been so dominant at night and it MUST stop” Enanga warned.