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382 Arrested for Driving While Speaking on Phone

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Traffic police has raised concern over the increasing incidents of people driving while speaking on their mobile phones.

Faridah Nampiima, the traffic police spokesperson, says 382 drivers have been arrested speaking on phones in the last two weeks.

This number has increased by more than 100 percent compared to 172 who were arrested two weeks earlier.

Top of the distractions is speaking on mobile phone while driving, WhatSapping while driving or watching music or tiktok videos while cruising.

From January 15 to 28, traffic police arrested a total of 28,795 offenders.

These include 2,854 who were recklessly driving, 3,732 had vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition, 823 were speeding and 1,010 were not wearing seatbelts.

Nampiima said 134 people have died in road crashes in the last two weeks.

In addition, 564 who survived with nasty injuries are being treated in various hospitals.

The biggest number of victims of both fatalities and injuries are pedestrians and Bodaboda riders.

Bodaboda riders are being condemned for riding recklessly, overtaking at dangerous road points, not wearing crash helmets and riding while drunk

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