About 1700 motorcycle accidents claim over 130 lives in 10 months

On 24 November 2017 at 01:15

Police have said reckless motorcycle riding continues to be among main causes of road accidents, claiming many lives with 132 people killed and 251 injured in the last 10 months across the country.

Launching the ongoing road safety campaign yesterday, Police said that from January this year to October, 1765 motorcycles were involved in road accidents and killed 132 people while 251 sustained injuries.

Under the campaign, Police continue to preach road safety to all road users. Police urged pedestrians, motorcycle riders and car drivers to respect traffic rules and avoid misconduct that could lead to accidents.
Under the campaign, on Kigali-Rwamagana highway, the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana urged all road users to respect traffic rules.

“It is your responsibility to fight against accidents by avoiding drunk driving as well as using handsets among others,” he said.

Speaking to the media, the police spokesperson, ACP Theos Badege said that police commissioners and senior officers have participated in the campaign from across the country sensitizing people about road safety.

Badege explained that statistics shows that accidents take lives of at least one person on a daily basis in the country.

He said it is a matter of concern that should be tackled and reduce numbers through putting in place different measures that will involve administering harsher sanctions.

“We are going to revise the laws, introduce tough penalties and persistent poor drivers and riders risk having their permits revoked and serving longer jail terms.

IGP Emmanuel Gasana speaks to road users