Over 80 arrested for drunken-driving

On 2 September 2019 at 09:55

Tens of drivers have been arrested driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend, separately arrested in Friday and Saturday night operations by the Traffic and Road Safety (TRS) department during which 88 drivers were arrested in City of Kigali.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Rafiki Mujiji, commissioner for TRS said that the "continuous operations across the country" are part of the year-long national road safety campaign dubbed ’Gerayo Amahoro’ launched in May this year.

CP Mujiji said that impaired judgment, especially under the influence of alcohol, is one of the major causes of fatal accidents.

He explained that the alcoholic content for all the arrested drivers was way above the recommended 0.8 maximum while their state-defined higher chances of crashing.

“The public should take caution and be responsible even when they are enjoying. A drunk driver is a risk not only to their lives but to other road users and property. Therefore, individual responsibility is very crucial in ensuring personal and road safety,” CP Mujiji emphasized.

He advised members of the public to make sure they have a sober person who will drive them if they intend to drink lest they become a security threat for themselves and other road users.

"Alcohol inhibits a driver’s judgment. A drunk driver is more likely to over-speed or drives on the wrong side of the road. We urge people to share information whenever they see a drunk driver. We call upon bar owners and attendants to also be part of this campaign to advise customers with cars not to go on the wheel when they’re drunk; it’s a collective responsibility," CP Mujiji said.

He said that operations are continuous against such "intolerable dangerous human behaviors" to prevent accidents caused by drunkenness.

"Drunk driving is an offense punishable with a fine of Rwf150, 000, imprisonment, confiscation of driver’s license and impounding the vehicle; this is something avoidable," said CP Mujiji.

Gerayo Amahoro campaign is designed to use different approaches to reach all categories of road users through road safety education, enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations to ensure safer roads for all.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Rafiki Mujiji, commissioner for TRS