Impact of road safety drive in Western region
Following the launch of the road safety campaign early this month to educate the public on how safe to use the road, Police in the Western Province say the exercise has played an impact in the reduction of accidents in the region.
Speaking during a morning show – Waramutse Rwanda (Good morning Rwanda) – on Rwanda Television on Monday, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Emmanuel Karasi, the Western region Police commander said that accidents reduced by about 48 percent between October and November.
“In October, we recorded 23 road accidents including nine fatalities, but we have registered 12 accidents that include three serious ones since the beginning of this month. This however doesn’t mean that one or two accidents are acceptable; but we appreciate the increasing ownership of passengers reporting reckless drivers,” ACP Karasi said.
The campaign has been taken down to the village level where road precautions are taught during community gatherings as well as to passengers on highways.
“We have been sensitizing motorcyclists, cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. This campaign will continue. The whole idea is for everyone to feel the responsibility when in the car, on a motorcycle or bicycle, or pedestrians walking on the road,” he added.
“Every life is valuable and unacceptable loss to the nation. We believe sensitization will further bring impact,” he noted.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) has provided contacts which people can call to report recklessness on road. The communication lines are 112 for emergency, 113 for traffic, 0788311110, 0788311112, 0788311216 and 0788311502.