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Karongi: Cyclists reminded to respect traffic rules
Published on 6-08-2016 - at 01:11' by Police

Commercial cyclists in Karongi District have been reminded that road safety standards bind them as well and urged to respect them to ensure road safety.

While addressing the cyclists on August 3, Inspector of Police (IP) Jean Baptiste Rutebuka, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) for Karongi observed that some cyclists ride recklessly while on roads and sometimes being knocked by vehicles or motorcycles, leading to loss of lives.

“Every road user be it motorists, cyclists or pedestrians have certain set road safety rules they have to follow to promote road security; you are therefore required to behave like responsible people whose lives are valued by the country and their family members and dependants,” IP Rutebuka said.

He urged them to put internal guidelines to penalize defiant members, who tarnish the image of their business either by violating standard safety procedures and putting their clients at risk, or involving in other unlawful activities like abusing drugs.

Cyclists, like motorcyclists, are said to be among the facilitators of drug trafficking or either being the traffickers themselves.

Moise Muhawenimana, the head of the cyclist cooperative in Karongi pledged to work with the group members to ensure discipline and professionalism among all members.

“Our lives matter and this business has supported and uplifted the wellbeing of many and we shouldn’t take it for granted. We should respect rules and laws in whatever we do,” Muhawenimana said.



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