Road accidents claim 160 lives in three months

On 15 November 2017 at 04:11

The Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) has said that road accidents claimed 162 lives and left 250 injured in different parts of the country in the past three months.

The State Minister for Transport in MININFRA, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye gave the statistics yesterday while launching the road safety campaign in Musanze District.

Uwihanganye urged all road users to take it as their responsibility to make roads safer.

“Statistics show that 162 people have died as a result of road accidents that happened between August and October, a total of 250 were injured, some of them sustaining serious injuries,” he explained.

Based on statistics, he said a total of 60 people die of accidents monthly or two perish on a daily basis.

He said that it is shocking to hear such avoidable deaths occurring and called everyone’s participation in preventing accidents.

“It is one thing to have good roads but it is another thing to make them safe. We are not constructing roads to claim our people’s lives; we are constructing roads to improve the livelihood of the people,” Uwihanganye added.

Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana said that it is disheartening to have more than 100 deaths in three months at the hands of accidents.

“Losing lives of more than 100 people in a single quarter, is unbearable. No disease is worse than this,” he said.

Gasana said that they have increased deployment of traffic police officers on the road to ensure road safety.

“Although we have put up measures, we still need to enhance our cooperation in ending accidents. Accidents are a threat and that is why we appeal to everyone to abide by traffic rules” he said.

The campaign was marked with placing signage posts and painting zebra crossings.

IGP Emmanuel Gasana
State Minister of Transport in MININFRA, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye speaks in the event in Musanze
From L-R IGP Emmanuel Gasana, State Minister, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, Northern Province Governer JMV GAtabazi and other officials in the launch of road safety campaign yesterday