Cab drivers operating in Rusizi District have been called upon to respect road safety standards by abiding by traffic rules and regulations at all times.
The call was made by the Rwanda National Police Officer in Charge of traffic in Rusizi, Inspector of Police (IP) Emile Habumukiza, during an awareness meeting held on September 21.
In his address, IP Habumukiza said: “When we urge you to respect traffic rules, it is equally in your best interest as road users. You should always avoid anything that may cause an accident…. ensuring public safety starts with you as an individual. Avoid reckless driving, over speeding and using mobile phones while driving; there is no excuse for you to put your lives and passengers at risk.”
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He urged them to respect roadside signs including speed control signposts, traffic lights, Zebra Crossing as well as pedestrians and cyclists.
“Police has intensified measures to ensure road safety. Value your life and that of others, when you are using the road…it is unfortunate that one has to be penalized for putting their lives at risk,” he added.
He observed that alcohol, abusing drugs, and fatigue don’t mix with driving adding that this increases risks of having a crash and loss of lives.
“Driving requires utmost attention – anything that takes your mind or eyes off the steering or the road, compromises your safety and that of other road users,” he said.
They were also urged to be partners in crime prevention by reporting those that try to use their services for illegal dealings like trafficking illicit drugs and smuggling.