Police have warned motorists against reckless driving; saying violators of road safety standards that put people’s live in danger, risk prosecution and suspension of their licenses.
The warning follows two separate accidents that happened on April 18 leaving five people dead.
One of the accidents occurred in Nduba Sector of Gasabo District killing four people, including a driver and three pedestrians, after a loaded truck registration number RAD 731J, lost control.
The truck belongs to a local construction company also rammed in a nearby house but, fortunately, nobody was inside.
Another incident happened in Kabuga Cell of Kageyo Sector Gicumbi District when a Coaster bus with plate number RAD 792 B knocked a pedestrian, who died on spot.
The spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety department, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, attributed the accident to “reckless driving” and warned drivers who violate traffic regulations.
“We have said it time and again for road users, especially drivers and motorcyclists, to abide by traffic rules and regulations, avoid driving while talking on phone, overtaking in dangerous corners, over-speeding and other careless driving practices,” CIP Kabanda said.
“It’s also in the interest of drivers to abide by the road precautions. They will be sparing their lives and that of their passengers and their automobiles. When driving, safety should be put forward,” he explained.
He further warned owners of vehicles with mechanical faults to take them for inspection and to fix them to avoid likely accidents.
The presidential decree No. 85/01 of September 02, 2002, regulating general traffic police and road traffic; stipulates, in part, that “vehicles not satisfying the set technical criteria will not be issued a certificate. Owners of vehicles using public roads without the certificate will also be liable to a fine of Rwf25, 000.”
“Driving a vehicle without due care or attention is a sign of reckless that puts all other road users at risk of fatal accidents” CIP Kabanda.
“Most road accidents are avoidable; they are due to bad driving habits, carelessness such as driving while distracted, driving aggressively and failing to inspect vehicles for mechanical problems…all these are things that are avoidable and prevent accidents. To a lesser extent, pedestrians also cross the roads carelessly, and this single act can cause a devastating accident.”
As part of the effort to prevent accidents largely caused by over-speeding, Police has ordered installation of speed governors in all public vehicles which limit drivers to a maximum speed of 60 kilometre per hour.