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Police warns errant drivers ahead of Masaka Rally

By Johnson Were

Added 4th May 2016 11:03 PM

The race will cover a total distance of 377.8km

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FMU president Dusman Okee passes on tips to drivers during the campaign. Photo by Johnson Were

The race will cover a total distance of 377.8km

NRC Point Standings

Ronald Ssebuguzi 140

Jas Mangat 100

Duncan Mubiru 85

Arthur Blick Jr 75

Christakis Fitidis 75

Subaru car owners who roam roads during rally events risk having their cars impounded if they don’t observe traffic regulations on Masaka Road during this weekend’s Masolins Signs SMC Rally.

The Regional Traffic Police Officer Katonga region ASP Fabian Betubiza disclosed this to New Vision during the launch of the Road Safety Campaign by the motorsport governing body (FMU) on Wednesday.

“We shall impound these cars if they don’t respect the traffic regulations,” Betubiza stated.

He also urged the public to emulate FMU and join police to sensitize the public on road safety.

Betubiza made the appeal at Kamengo along Masaka Road where FMU launched a road safety campaign to sensitize motorists ahead of the two day rally.

FMU conducted the safety campaign in Lungala, Kamengo and Lukaya sensitizing motorists on speed, recommended standard tyre pressure, observing road signs and regulations.

"This is a very good gesture. Every time we stop motorists they think of us charging them but today I think they have experienced a different atmosphere and this should continue," Betubiza stated.

Mpigi district traffic officer Edith Nanteza also urged FMU to conduct the exercise weekly or monthly so that they help in changing the mindset of motorists and the public to reduce road accidents.

 

FMU Dusman Okee said that the campaign is part of FIA’s ‘Action for Road Safety’ program but also one of FMU’s corporate social responsibilities.

"We decided to launch the campaign on this road because of the Masaka Rally this weekend and this is an opportune time to educate our people and reduce on accidents," Okee stated.

43 drivers including 2015 Nile Special USPA rally driver of the year Arthur Blick Jr., Christakis Fitidis, Duncan Mubiru, Desh Kananura, Ambrose Byona, Jas Mangat and Ronald Ssebuguzi have confirmed participation.

The race will cover a total distance of 377.8Km of which 178km will be competitive.

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