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Public warned against impaired driving

By IGIHE
On 27 August 2021 at 07:15

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has warned drivers against driving under influence of alcohol, a serious and life-threatening road traffic violation.

This follows separate operations in which scores of people have been arrested for driving while drunk.

In the latest operations, RNP arrested 16 people in City of Kigali, who were driving under the influence of alcohol. They were showed to the media on Thursday, August 26.

"I was involved in a minor accident, but I had taken alcoholic drinks. When Police tested the alcoholic content with a breathalyzer they told me it was beyond the maximum point (0.8)," said Shabana Ramadhan, a trailer driver.

Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Africa Sendahangarwa Apollo, the RNP spokesperson warned drivers against driving while drunk.

"Police does not prevent people from drinking but rather driving while drunk. When you drink avoid driving. Police will arrest any driver whose blood alcohol content is found to be above 0.8 milliliters, " CSP Africa said.

While reacting on such vehement practices, he said that these are isolated cases attributed to individual characters but warned of severe consequences.

CSP Africa further cautioned that Police will not entertain those who claim that they are not drunk although they took alcoholic drinks.

"Police does not test the quantity of drinks you took; it measures if you are drunk or not. Claims that you took drinks but you are not drunk will not prevent you from being penalized if the breathalyzer detects that the alcoholic content in your body is above 0.8."


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