A group of tour guides have donated road safety equipment worth over shs4.5 million to the traffic department of the Uganda Police Force.
The function was held at the newly constructed Nateete Police Station in Lubaga division on Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking during the function, the group coordinator, William Lucha from Gorilla Trek Africa said many accidents have been brought about by absence of these equipment on the roads, noting that by providing them, they would help greatly reduced accidents.
“As guides, we realised a number of challenges while on the road. Recently, there was an accident between Buwama and Mpigi in which a truck driver rammed into a Fika Salaama checkpoint because it has not sign posts and injured a number of police officers. We therefore had to do something to stop such incidents,”Lucha said.
He said that on many occasions, drivers fail to stop at police checkpoints not because they are defiant but because they fail to see them and end up being penalized.
According to the tour guide, they realized a need to contribute to road safety through such equipment.
“We contributed money as tour guides and we were able to buy these road signs.”
He noted that they would contribute such signs to police at all roads leading to tourism sites.
ACP Sarah Kibwika, the acting commissioner in charge of traffic operations in the police force applauded the tour guides for the kind gesture which she said came at the right time.
“We have always endeavoured to have those road signs but the wear and tear is at a higher rate. We thank you for the support and it should not be the last time you are doing the same,”Kibwika said.
“This is a big contribution to road safety and it will enhance visibility of police check points.”