Rwenzori Traffic police to embark on road safety campaign in schools.
Dr.Stephen Kasiima the country Director Traffic has directed the traffic police in the Rwenzori region to embark on the Road Safety campaigns in all the primary schools in the region so as to equip children with traffic rules and road signs.
Kasiima was speaking at the climax of the late Bishop Patrick Kyaligonza Ateenyi third memorial Road Safety Campaign at St.John’s cathedral in Fort Portal yesterday. He gave a motorcycle to the traffic department to facilitate them reach out the schools.
He noted that accidents in Kabarole district have reduced by 20% due to the Road Safety campaign that was launched following the death of late Bishop Patrick Kyaligonza.
Col. Ronnie Balya, the director General Internal Security Organization(ISO) who presided over as chief guest said accidents were still on the rise in some areas due to consumption of opium ,reckless driving and drink driving among others. He asked parents to teach their children traffic rules.
He described Late Rt. Rev. Bishop Patrick Kyaligonza Ateenyi as a friendly, objective and inspiring whose values should not be forgotten.
Bishop Reuben Kisembo Amooti of Rwenzori diocese warned the traffic police against demanding bribes from drivers on the road .He said this has contributed to the rise in road carnage in the country because drunkard drivers and overloaded vehicles are left scot free after paying bribes.
During the road safety campaign week the police and Rwenzori diocese sensitized the boda boda riders, motorists and students in schools and tertiary institutions on the traffic rules and road signs.
Bishop Kyaligonza died at the age of 45 on February 11, 2010 in a car crash at Miranga, Butiiti sub-county in Kyenjojo district on his way for pastoral work in Nyantungo. He was about to celebrate his first year as the Bishop of Rwenzori diocese.
During his burial, friends formed the Bishop Kyaligonza Trust fund to help educate his three children and support the bereaved family.