Rwanda National Police (RNP) has cautioned drivers against violating traffic regulations and attempting to bribe police officers as means to prevent penalties, warning that the force has revised its approach to ensure that such defiant individuals are arrested to face justice.
Spokesperson for the Traffic and Road Safety department, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda said that drivers have been the majority group that tries to seduce police officers with money after they are caught in traffic related violations.
“In the last one week alone, we arrested 16 people, all drivers who had violated traffic rules and regulations, which in itself is a dangerous offence that put the lives of people at risk of fatal accidents,” CIP Kabanda said.
Majority were arrested in the City of Kigali.
“We are well aware of these ill-intentions and traffic officers along the roads have two main responsibilities; to control the traffic flow and penalize offenders accordingly, and to arrest anyone that tries to offer bribes, and this past week of arrests should serve as an example and warning to others with such ill-thinking,” he noted.
At least over 400 people have been arrested in the last two years in connection with attempted bribery, majority being drivers.
“Corruption or bribery and accidents have something in common; the only difference is that one reaps you apart and clumps on the individual and country growth slowly while the other one hits on spot but both, and fighting them requires concerted efforts through information exchange.”
He further appealed to owners of vehicles to be part and parcel of enforcing road safety standards and always follow up the operations and discipline of their drivers.