Traffic police vows to deal with traffic offenders
Accidents continue to claim numerous lives in the country at the hands of traffic regulations violators. The police have come out to warn road users to respect traffic rules to avert this situation.
The spokesperson of the traffic and road safety department Superintendent Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi says that“vast majority” of road accidents are due to violation of traffic rules such as over speeding, negligence and driving while speaking on phone.
On Tuesday, this week four accidents were registered across the country, in which one person died and left five others injured.
“We have been sensitizing road users on traffic rules, but some of them still bend these instructions, killing people and destroying infrastructure,” he said.
“We cannot afford to continue to lose our people at the hands of bad listeners; we have a duty to protect people living in Rwanda, including ensuring their safety on roads, and we will do everything possible to ensure that,” Ndushabandi said.
At least two accidents are recorded every day countrywide.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) conducts annual awareness including a road safety week, to improve road security.
In partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure, the force has also identified hotspots and installed signposts as a way of enforcing road safety.
He said some drivers, especially of public vehicles, even overtake in corners, a risky move that puts lives of passengers in danger.
“It’s also in the interest of drivers to abide by the road precautions. They will be sparing their lives and that of their passengers. When driving, safety should be put forward,” he explained.
He urged owners of vehicles to take them for mechanical inspection. Mechanical inspection is also another cause of accidents.
The presidential decree No. 85/01 of September 2, 2002, regulating general traffic police and road traffic; stipulates, in part, that “vehicles not satisfying the set technical criteria will not be issued a certificate. Owners of vehicles using public roads without the certificate will be liable to a fine of Rwf 25, 000.”
The Rwanda National Police also acquired a mobile mechanical inspection machine to facilitate owners of vehicles operating in the country side and is in the process of establishing other mechanical centers in regions.