Over the years, Rwanda National Police (RNP) has engaged all road users to educate them on safer road usage and influence behavioral change to fight and prevent fatal human decisions like impaired driving, which lead to loss of lives.
Awareness against intoxicated driving was also part of the RNP nationwide Gerayo Amahoro campaign.
Nonetheless, some motorists continue to put people’s lives on the edge when they go on the wheel or ride motos while drunk.
Thus, Rwanda National Police has heightened its operations to fight such reckless human behaviours.
In the latest operations conducted between October 28, and November 1, on various roads of City of Kigali, RNP arrested 45 motorists, who were under the influence of alcohol.
They include one Olivier Irakoze, 17, who was caught on Monday, November 1, at about 10pm, riding under influence of alcohol and without any traffic related documents including a permit.
They were all showed to the media, on Tuesday, November 2, at Nyarugenge District Police Unit offices in Rwezamenyo Sector, Nyarugenge District.
Didace Dushimimana, one of the drivers paraded, said that he was arrested in Kibagabaga, Gasabo District after Police found 1.47 millilitres of alcohol content in his blood.
The maximum blood alcoholic content for one to drive or ride is 0.8 millilitres
RNP Deputy spokesperson, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Africa Sendahangarwa Apollo urged motorists to change their mindsets and put safety first.
“Police will not tolerate any act which can lead to road accident and loss of lives, such as intoxicated driving," CSP Africa said.
He said that fighting drunk driving and violation of other traffic rules and regulations is part of the daily operations of the Traffic and Road Safety Department to ensure safer roads for all.