Police arrests Bus Driver in Viral Video using Phone While Driving

January 13, 2023
Updated 2023/01/13 at 5:49 AM

The Directorate of Traffic and Road safety police have identified the bus driver behind a trending video of him driving while texting on WhatsApp.

According to the Traffic police spokesperson, ASP Faridah Nampiima, the suspect has been identified as Philip Tenywa, a driver attached to YY bus company.

He was filmed by one of the passengers on the bus registration number, UBF 006L, that he was driving from Kampala to Lira.

“The driver is with us now at the Traffic Directorate headquarters in Nateete. We are going to take action on him for using a phone while driving,” Nampiima said on Wednesday.

Nampima also stated that using a phone for any purpose like texting, or listening to anything on Bluetooth or headsets while driving attracts a fine of 100,000 shillings.

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“If you use the phone to respond to a WhatsApp message and you are caught, the offense stands since you have used a handheld mobile for communication,” — she explained

Tenywa is the second driver to be arrested and fined under similar circumstances. On Wednesday, Traffic police nabbed another bus driver identified as Fikiri Brown Joseph, working with Global bus company.
He was captured at Kyengera along the Kampala-Masaka highway and held at Kyengera Police station.

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