CP Kabera said the number one cause of accidents was alcoholism and high speed. Of the 600 accidents, 46 were caused by drunk drivers, and 280 were caused by speeding.
Although people often complain about the seven o’clock curfew hour, pointing it of being the source of the accidents that are taking place these days as Rwanda is facing the Coronavirus pandemic, the police spokesman explained that the seven o’clock curfew has nothing to do with the accidents.
“Investigations did not show that these accidents were caused by the 7 p.m., 8 p.m. or even 9 p.m. curfews. We found that the accidents were caused by high speed, drunkenness, and carelessness,” said CP Kabera
Kabera urged drivers to abide by the rules of the road, and to prepare their schedules early so as to respect the curfew hour and make sure to be home by then.
In May last year, the Gerayo Amahoro campaign was launched to encourage drivers to abide by traffic rules.
Before the Gerayo Amahoro campaign began, there were more than 5,000 accidents in Rwanda each year, killing 500 people. However, since the program began in May 2019, accidents have dropped by 27%.