The spokesman for police’s Traffic and Road Safety department, chief inspector of police Emmanuel Kabanda, has warned drivers not to be reckless, saying traffic offenders who put people’s lives in danger, risk prosecution and suspension of their licenses.
The warning follows two accidents that happened on April 18 leaving four people dead. In Nduba Sector of Gasabo District, a loaded truck lost control, killing three pedestrians as well as the driver.
The truck rammed a nearby house but nobody was inside.
Another accident happened in Kageyo Sector, Gicumbi District when a Coaster bus hit a pedestrian, who died on the spot.
Kabanda attributed the accident to reckless driving and warned drivers who violate traffic regulations.
“We have urged road users, especially drivers and motorcyclists, time and again to abide by traffic rules and regulations, avoid talking on the phone while driving, overtaking at dangerous road bends, speeding and other careless driving practices,” he said.
“It’s also in the interest of drivers to abide by the regulations and avoid damaging their car or putting their own and their passengers’ lives at risk. When driving, safety should be the priority,” Kabanda remarked.
He further warned owners of vehicles with mechanical issues to take them for inspection and to fix them to avoid accidents.
“Driving a vehicle without due care or attention is a sign of recklessness that puts all other road users at risk of fatal accidents” Kabanda observed.
“Most road accidents are avoidable; they are due to bad driving habits, carelessness such as driving while distracted, driving aggressively and failing to inspect vehicles for mechanical problems…All these are things that are avoidable,” he added. “To a lesser extent, pedestrians also cross the roads carelessly, and this can cause a devastating accident.”
As part of the effort to prevent accidents largely caused by speeding, the police has ordered the installation of speed governors in all public vehicles which limit drivers to a maximum speed of 60 km/h.