By Godfrey Ojore
SOROTI - Just a day before Christmas Day, police in Soroti intensified patrols to crackdown on drunk drivers plying various routes.
The operation was aimed at reducing the numbers of accidents that are characteristic of the festive season.
They had managed to arrest a driver operating along the Soroti-Serere route earlier that day.
Police spokesperson of Kyoga East, Juma Hassan Nyene said they arrested a drunken Joseph Enyidu at 9.00 am local time (EAT).
“He tested 137.1% alcohol content which is very dangerous for anyone driving,” he said, mentioning that the driver carried passengers.
Enyidu had no driving permit and he admitted his permit had expired “a long time ago”.
“I don’t want to lie [to] you my children (police) that I have a driving permit. I don’t have one but [I am] in the process of getting one next year,” he told the police, while staggering and reeking of alcohol.
He will be required to pay express penalty of two hundred thousand shilling or face charges of driving under influence of alcohol.
What worried the driver was what would happen to his family if he got jailed.
“Please forgive me. If my children get to know that I am in [the] cells, they may commit suicide because I have not bought them meat for Christmas,” Enyidu, who is a special hire driver, pleaded.
Police cautioned drivers against drunk driving as they put the lives of their lives and those of their passengers at risk.
For the last three months, accidents have claimed lives of eight people in Teso sub-region, police said.