Alcoblow to resume

NTSA to Resume Alcoholblow Tests Starting Today after 60 Killed Due to Drunk Driving

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National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will start conducting random alcoblow tests in all major towns starting today after 60 people were killed due to drunk driving between October 2-4. 

In a statement released on Friday, the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) expressed concern over rising cases of road traffic accidents across the country. 

The IG further noted that the rising cases of road traffic accidents across the country is a result to failure by drivers to comply with basic road safety requirements. 

“Reports indicate that 2,689 persons have lost their lives between January 1 and September 30, 2020 compared to 2,655 during the same period last year, an increase of 1.3%,” the statement reads. 

“To this end, the National Police Service will undertake nationwide enforcement operations to address factors such as speeding, lane indiscipline, assessment of general compliance with public service vehicle (PSV) licensing requirement, a crackdown on unroadworthy vehicles among other traffic offences,” he stated. 

Police using alcoblow on drivers. Photo/Courtsey

“We assure the public that measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus shall be in place when undertaking these activities,” he noted. 

Mutyambai also directed the National Police Service to carry out operations on major roads in the country. 

The NTSA said that drivers will be monitored to check for speeding, lane discipline, compliance with Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licensing requirements and roadworthiness of vehicles. 

According to NTSA report, 2,689 persons lost their lives between January 1 and September 30, 2020, an increase of 1.3% as compared to the same period last year where 2,655 died. 

The road safety authority also stated that motor cyclists and pillion passengers’ deaths increased by 44.94% and 19.44% respectively during the same period. 

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