The Rwanda National Police (RNP) department of Traffic and Road Safety conducted a massive sensitization in schools as part of the campaign to prevent road carnage and promote road safety.
According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, the spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety Department, since the campaign was launched on May 21, they focused on pedestrians including students, motorcyclists and cyclists.
“We have since sensitized about 100, 000 in one hundred schools countrywide, especially those near highways and hotspots. This is because they are one of the vulnerable pedestrian groups as road users on daily basis, but also due to their age that needs to be guided,” said CIP Kabanda.
On Monday alone, police reached out to over 41, 000 students in 33 schools in different parts of the country.
“The sensitization package was both theoretical and practical. We taught them the meaning of different traffic signposts, how safe to cross the road and particularly how to use a zebra crossing, to always use pedestrian pathways, how dangerous to play in the middle of the road, and how one of them can play the traffic personnel role to help others cross the road by halting movement of automobiles,” CIP Kabanda said.
He further said that the road safety campaigns were also extended to motorcyclists and cyclists in their associations and cooperatives in different parts of the country.
Statistics indicate that at least 71 percent of the total road accidents registered since the beginning of the year were either caused or involved pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.