The police announced the number of penalties on January 3rd, 2020 in a press conference that focused on road security measures that were implemented in 2019 as well as those planned for 2020.
The Commissioner of Police for Traffic and Road Safety Department, CP Rafiki Mujiji said that it is the norm that a drunk driver receives money penalties and gets imprisoned for 5 days while further investigation is being conducted.
“2597 drunk drivers were arrested for exceeding the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limits which is set at 0.08% in Rwanda. 12,744 others were punished due to speeding while 30,042 drivers were penalized for not respecting the annual mandatory vehicle inspection.”
The law states that drunk drivers receive a penalty of Rwf 150,000 and a 5-day imprisonment. Drivers who defy speed governor policies receive a Rwf 200,000 and if they are caught speeding, an additional Rwf 50,000 is charged.
Research shows that alcohol and other drugs impairs drivers’ vision and mental capacity and can result into accidents, fatal injuries and/or death.
Rwanda National Police confirmed that although there are many causes of accidents, implementing measures to prevent drunk driving can considerably reduce the rate of road accidents.
RNP reported that from January to September 2019, 532 people were victims of road accidents while 705 were severely injured, 1007 had minor injuries and up to 1200 properties were destroyed.
The acceptable limit of blood alcohol content in Rwanda is currently 0.08% but the government is considering reducing it to 0.04%.