Commercial motorcyclists in Gicumbi District have pledged to be at the forward front in the campaign against reckless use of roads that have reportedly generally been responsible for fatal accidents.
They made the commitment on November 22, in Byumba sector during a consultative meeting between the Police and leaders of public transporters and motorcyclists cooperatives in Gicumbi.
The meeting aimed at reviewing causes of road accidents and strategies to prevent them.
Inspector of Police (IP) Eugène Niyonzima, the in-charge of traffic in Gicumbi said that majority accidents are caused by recklessness of drivers with at times some of them destructed by phones or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“As leaders, the second line of enforcing discipline of safer road usage among the drivers and appropriate action against errant members, falls in your powers; the first line of discipline lies in the hands of a driver as an individual to act responsibly,” IP Niyonzima said.
He underscored the need to strengthen partnership with police to prevent road carnage.
He also urged them to always tell their members to take their automobiles for mechanical inspection to prevent accidents that can result from mechanical faults.
He, however, warned motorcyclists against aiding criminality and transporting narcotics and drug traffickers.
Speaking on behalf of transporters, Saidi Harelimana acknowledged the presence of drivers who drive carelessly but pledged to take internal action against such members.