Police hold all-out road safety campaign
Written by: RNP
Friday, November 24th, 2017, 10:44
The Rwanda National Police (RNP) road safety campaign launched a fortnight ago continued this Thursday, when the Police leadership, commissioners and senior officers took to streets and highways to teach all road users on how safe to use the road as means to avert road carnage.
The move is aimed at reaching out to all road users to learn and respect road safety rules and regulations so as to curb road accidents in the country under the theme: “Know and Respect Traffic Rules to Save Lives.”
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, who was on the Eastern axis, went from vehicle to vehicle giving road safety tips to drivers and passengers, and urged each to play an individual role to ensure that road safety standards are observed.
“Don’t allow to be transported by a drunk driver; when it comes to safety, each one of you becomes responsible for your own life but also that of others. When a driver is using a phone, over speeding or driving in any reckless way, it’s your life they are putting in danger,” IGP Gasana told passengers in Rugende along Kigali-Rwamagana highway.
“Having a zero accident record is our target; it is as well your responsibility to provide an accident free environment in our country. We argue you to learn and respect road safety standards in order to achieve that target” he added as he also addressed various road users including pedestrians, motorcyclists, drivers and cyclists.
Pedestrians are the leading cause or victims of road accidents, according the latest road accidents report, accounting for 46 percent of those killed between August and October this year. At least 21 percent of the 254 serious injuries registered between August and October were involved pedestrians.
“Accidents hamper the development of our nations, we lose many people in accidents yet the primary resource of our country is its people; unfortunately many people are losing their lives and others are incapacitated by accidents caused by reckless drivers, motorcyclists and even pedestrians, and destroyed property. We can prevent all these if we all use the road responsibly.”
He urged pedestrians to always use provided walkways, keep left, ensure maximum vigilance when crossing the road and use zebra crossing where they exist, and appealed to passengers to always call the police whenever they feel the driver is putting their lives in danger.
The Police Chief also distributed flyers containing road safety messages, to pedestrians, passengers, cyclists and motorists, and putting stickers on automobiles.
Along the Northern axis, the Deputy IGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, echoed the same message and tutored passengers on their role in preventing road accidents.
“Learning and respecting road safety rules is a collective responsibility because at the end of the day we all use roads, if we don’t use them properly we end up causing accidents which claim lives of innocent people; always be carefully,” DIGP Marizamunda told road users in Shyorongi.
Meanwhile, commissioners and senior officers from the general headquarters reinforced territorial units in regions and districts in the same exercise.
Road accidents are mainly caused by human behavior such as driving while drunk, overloading, speeding and overtaking in hotspots like sharp corners, among others, continue to be the main cause of fatalities.