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Western Province: RNP launches road safety campaign in schools

By IGIHE
On 24 March 2022 at 08:42

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Traffic and Road Safety (TRS) department has started a fresh road safety awareness campaign in primary schools in the Western Province.

The campaign started on Tuesday, March 22, and continued on Wednesday in various schools in Nyabihu, Rubavu, Karongi, Rutsiro, Nyamasheke, Rusizi and Ngororero districts.

The outreach is part of the Traffic and Road Safety department to enlighten the children, among other groups, on safer road usage to prevent them from being victims or causing accidents.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Western region Police spokesperson, said that this is a deliberate effort to ensure that pupils adopt to good behaviours when using the road and to avoid dangerous practices, including playing in the road and reckless crossing.

The campaign was conducted in 11 primary schools in the first two days.

"Pedestrians are among the majority victims of road accidents, and schoolgoing children fall in this category.

Teaching children how safe to use the road including the meaning of signposts, using pedestrian crosswalks, walking on the left side of the road facing the oncoming automobiles, avoiding playing in the middle of the road or crossing carelessly; all these are good practices that keeps them safe in road. It’s a safe tradition that children should grow with as responsible road users," said SP Karekezi.

"It is a week-long campaign targeting at least 14 schools every day; two schools in each district per day," he added.


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