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New Roads A death Trap in Hoima- Traffic Report

Most of the deaths were recorded on the Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya, Hoima-Fort Portal and Hoima-Masindi Roads that were recently upgraded to tarmac. He says that the new roads have become a death trap in the region because motorists disregard speed limits and drive recklessly.

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The newly constructed Oil roads in Bunyoro region have now become a death trap for passengers across the Albertine Graben, according to traffic police in Hoima district.

Canicious Mugisha, the officer in charge of traffic at Hoima Central Police Station told Uganda Radio Network that accident cases have increased in the recent past mainly due to indiscipline by motorist's who disregard traffic guidelines. The accidents claimed 14 lives in the month of June, July, and August.

Most of the deaths were recorded on the Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya, Hoima-Fort Portal and Hoima-Masindi Roads that were recently upgraded to tarmac. He says that the new roads have become a death trap in the region because motorists disregard speed limits and drive recklessly.

The 92-kilometres Hoima–Kaiso–Tonya Road connects Hoima with the towns of Kaiso and Tonya, through Kabaale, in Buseruka County, on the shores of Lake Albert in the oil-rich Albertine Graben. It was recently, upgraded from gravel surface to tarmac, a task that also saw all bridges and drainages reconstructed by a Turkish firm; Kolin Construction.

The road provides easy access to the Kabwooya-Kaiso game reserve and Lake Albert, some of the major tourist destinations in the Bunyoro region, as well as a direct route to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The other road where more accidents were recorded was the 55-kilometer Fort Portal-Hoima road constructed by construction firm, China Wuyi Industrial Company and the Kigumba–Masindi–Hoima–Kabwoya Road which covers a distance of about 135 kilometres from the Kampala–Gulu Highway, connecting the towns of Kigumba in Kiryandongo District, Masindi, and Hoima.

Mugisha says that the major traffic offenses being registered on the listed roads include reckless driving, overloading, over speeding and failure to observe traffic signs among others. He says traffic police have on several occasions issued warnings to motorists in the district against indiscipline but they have continued to breach traffic guidelines.

He, however, hastens to add that traffic police have intensified operations against those that disregard traffic guidelines.

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Early this week traffic police in the district impounded 67 motor vehicles for allegedly breaching traffic rules and regulations. They included 33 vehicles and 34 motorcycles.

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