IGP Kayihura wants killer drivers to be charged with murder!

  • Posted on: 8 July 2016
  • By: Sanyu FM

By: Daily Monitor

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has told traffic police to prefer manslaughter charges against motorists, who cause accidents which lead to deaths.
Gen Kayihura said the manslaughter charges are punitive enough to bring errant motorists to order.

“The biggest cause of accidents is indiscipline on the road, over speeding and reckless driving… Police must be more mobile on motorcycles and vehicles.

They should use speed guns and deterrent punishment like charging these drivers with manslaughter due to their reckless driving,” Gen Kayihura said in a media briefing at his office in Naguru on Wednesday.

Gen Kayihura’s remarks come after a rise in fatal accidents on major roads especially Kampala-Masaka highway. More than 200 people have lost their lives and twice that number have survived with injuries in the last six months on Kampala-Masaka highway.

Most of the errant motorists, who cause fatal accidents, have been charged with offences of causing death through dangerous driving under section 108 of the Traffic and Road Safety Act of 1998 or Causing death through careless driving under section 109 of the same act.

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