As part of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) outreach programmes to prevent accidents and further improve road security, Police in Musanze District conducted a road safety awareness campaign on April 19, urging commercial motorcyclists and cyclists to abide by traffic rules.
In a meeting held in Busogo Sector, the sector Executive Secretary Edward Twagirimana reminded close to 300 motorcyclists and cyclists to always put their lives forward and that of others, by respecting roadside signs.
“We cannot let accidents be part of our daily lives. That is why we consider awareness on road safety as significant and a continuous process,” he said.
He urged them to forge a close partnership and report any criminal act to the police.
The meeting was also attended by the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) Inspector of Police (IP) Viateur Ntiyamira and the in-charge traffic, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Richard M Rafiki.
The DCLO tutored motorcyclists and cyclists on road safety signs and urged to respect zebra crossing, pedestrian pathways, avoid speeding and dangerous maneuvers.
Speaking about Zebra Crossings, IP Ntiyamira reminded them that a zebra crossing typically gives priority rights of way to pedestrians.
He added that road safety means each and everyone having knowledge on safe usage of the road and the meaning of signposts.
IP Ntiyamira reminded them that pavements were constructed entirely for pedestrians and that riding on them contravenes road safety standards.
“As we aspire for a sustainable and peaceful country, let every road user promote self-discipline as their duty to the nation,” he added.
“When you are using the road, remember there are other people also using it. Bad maneuvers and speeding leave your lives and that of other road users in danger,” he said.
The majority of the accidents involving motorcyclists and cyclist are due to speeding, and recklessness.