28 motorists arrested over drunk driving

On 3 December 2021 at 05:01

Twenty-eight people have been arrested on various roads in City of Kigali after they were found either driving or riding while drunk in separate operations conducted by Rwanda National Police (RNP) between November 27th and 30th.

The group was paraded to the media on Wednesday, December 1, at Nyarugenge District Police offices in Rwezamenyo sector, Nyarugenge district.

Patrick Mugisha is one the drivers paraded who was arrested after he declined to be tested whether he had taken alcohol.

“I was in my car parked on the road side in Nyamirambo on Monday, when Police officers who were on duty approached me and tried to test if I had taken alcohol but I refused because it was observable by everyone that I was drunk as I had even a bottle of Konyagi liquor in my car,” said Mugisha.

Murwanashyaka was also arrested driving a truck with luggages from Rusumo to City of Kigali. He said that he was arrested after he involved in an accident.

“I had taken alcohol during the previous night which I was thinking it could not affect me driving during morning however in the wee hours when I started driving the truck, I hit a vehicle which was parked on the side of the road and immediately when Police officers arrived to examine the accident detected through a breathalyzer that my blood had alcohol content and I was brought here,” said Murwanashyaka.

Murwanashyaka along with Mugisha asked for forgiveness and advised their colleagues to avoid driving when they had taken alcohol otherwise to seek someone else to help them or suspend the journey to other occasion.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rene Irere, The Spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety Department reminded the public that rejecting to be tested whether you have taken alcohol does not clean your drunken status.

“A big number of drivers are being currently found under influence of alcohol, others refuse to be tested and those who deny to be tested do it because they know that they had taken quantities of alcohol beverages which they want to conceal despite that they possess driving licenses which they got after studying road safety regulations,” said SSP Irere.

SSP Irere warned motorists that deliberately violating road safety rules and regulations especially driving under influence of alcohol is exposing their lives and those of others in high traffic risks adding that operations are meant to ensure safer road usage and will be continuous across the country.”

The group was paraded to the media on Wednesday 1st December 2021.