As part of ensuring public safety, Rwanda National Police has appealed to primary school children in Gicumbi and Gatsibo districts to always observe road safety rules in order to avoid likely accidents.
The call was made on October 19 by the officers in charge of traffic in the two districts while meeting with 363 pupils of GS Inyange Byumba and 258 pupils of Heritage Parents Academy in Gicumbi and Gatsibo Districts, respectively.
The awareness activities in the two districts were also marked with teaching children how to use Zebra Crossings and other practical and theory road safety standards.
In Gicumbi, the Officer in Charge of Traffic, Inspector of Police(IP) Eugene Niyonzima, demonstrated to pupils how a zebra crossing and traffic lights work.
A zebra crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing with distinguished alternating dark and light stripes on the road surface, resembling the coat of a zebra. A zebra crossing typically gives priority rights of way to pedestrians.
On traffic lights, IP Niyonzima told pupils that its a set of automatically operated coloured red, amber or orange and green lights, on the other hand, control traffic at road junctions, pedestrian crossings, and roundabouts.
The green light allows traffic to proceed in the direction denoted including pedestrians; yellow light provides warning that the signal will be changing from green to red or from red to green; red signal prohibits any pedestrian or traffic from proceeding.
“Some of you have dangerous tendencies of playing in the middle of the road, which should stop with immediate effect. Always be vigilant and in case you want to stop a vehicle so your colleagues can cross the road, you should raise a hand towards the direction where a vehicle is coming from but wait until the automobile stops to cross,” he added.
Similar message was also delivered in Gastibo where students were also tutored on dangers of drug abuse, human trafficking, Gender Based Violence and child abuse.
Teachers of both schools, thanked RNP for extending such road safety message to the young ones, noting that this has opened their eyes on how to behave while walking or crossing the roads.
They also echoed the same message warning the pupils against playing in the middle of the road especially highways where they play football, and just crossing the road anyhow where they can be hit by vehicles, motorcycles or bicycles.