Road accidents claimed 569 lives in 2020

By IGIHE
On 24 December 2020 at 10:18

Rwanda National Police has revealed that roads accidents in 2020 took lives of 569. The figures have decreased compared to 622 of the previous year mostly attributed to limited movements as part of ongoing measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

The Deputy Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety department, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gerald Mpayimana highlighted that 90% of road accidents are caused by pedestrians and motorcyclists violating traffic rules.

Severe accidents inflicting injuries also reduced to 600 from 800 of 2019.

ACP Mpayimana cited distracted driving and over speeding among other major causes of road accidents.

He encourages motorists and pedestrians to be cautious especially during these festive seasons when curfew hours have been extended pushing drivers to over speed when they are late to return home.

“We remind passengers to be vigilant, avoid crossing the road before observing moving vehicles from all sides for own security,” said ACP Mpayimana.

Police encourages motorists and pedestrians to be cautious especially during these festive seasons when curfew hours have been extended.

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