Road accidents claim 369 lives, crimes drop by 5% in 2017

By IGIHE
On 14 December 2017 at 10:09

Rwanda National Police have reported that 369 people died in road accidents and 685 sustained injuries while crimes reduced by 5.4% this year.

The Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety Department, CP George Rumanzi said
that under the partnership with population, general safety and security was well
maintained.

The force shared the report on Wednesday in a periodic Police-media interaction that
aimed at strengthening partnerships for quality service delivery.

Police said that road accidents in public transport reduced by 32% compared to 2016,
attributing the improvement to road safety measures mainly the introduction of speed
governors in passenger vehicles.

According to Police, 34% of lives perished in road accidents were pedestrians, 22% were motorcycle drivers and 14% were bicycle riders.

Rumanzi said that campaigns are ongoing to sensitize pedestrians on good use of roads.

He said that they continue to sensitize automobile users to embrace road rules by
avoiding high speed and turn up regularly for mechanical inspection.

In 2017, he said mechanical inspection was conducted on 102,000 automobiles while
95,000 people got driving licenses.

How crimes dropped

The Commissioner for Criminal Investigation Department, ACP Jean Marie Vianney
Twagirayezu said Police registered 16,088 crimes in 2017, reflecting a reduction of 5.4% compared to figures of 2016.

 “This is attributed to measures that police have put in place like cooperation with
population. People are providing timely information which helps us for investigations,”
he said adding that 90% of investigated people faced justice.

Among major crimes committed this year include assault, theft, defilement, murder, rape, illicit drug-related crimes, human trafficking and cyber-crimes.

Twagirayezu cautioned Rwandans on security during festive seasons by ensuring their
own security and avoiding accidents.

“We urge Rwandans to avoid drunk-driving, drugs, reckless conducts, maintaining their security and good parenting,” he urged.


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