Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Police concerned over increased accidents


As a wave of motor accidents across the country continue to claim more innocent lives due to incidences of careless driving, the National Police of Rwanda is calling on motorists to be more vigilant and careful while driving.

The call comes after numerous accidents were reported over the last week in Gasabo and Musanze district in which two people, including a six year old child died.

In Gasabo, Kinyinya sector, a Toyota Land Cruiser registration number RAA 515T knocked dead a six year old girl. The driver, Jacques Bizimana, 25 was arrested and currently detained at Gisozi Police Station.

In Musanze, Busogo sector, Bisesero cell, a 42-year old woman identified as Annonciata Nyirakomini was also knocked by a hit-and-run vehicle dying instantly. Efforts to trace the vehicle and the driver are underway.

The Police Traffic and Road Safety Spokesperson, Superintendent Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, says that over speeding and reckless driving remains a major threat to road security in Rwanda.

More accidents have been reported in the month of July, and the third week of July 2013 witnessed several accidents, which also claimed lives.

In Kirehe District six people were killed in a deadly accident after Khalifani Radjab, the driver of the Coaster bus (RAC827K rammed into a Tanzanian truck (T582ANU/T696ANQ) along Rusumo road and killing five passengers on spot. The driver died instantly. The police and survivors confirmed that the accident that the accident was caused by over-speeding.

In the wake of July 18, 2013, in Rusizi district, another passenger omnibus coming from Bukavu and heading to Uvira town in DR. Congo killed six people on spot after it lost control and swayed off the main road. There were 17 occupants and many of them sustained serious injuries.

In Gatsibo district, a Benz truck knocked dead a cyclist pedestrian on 17th July. the truck also injured a pedestrian who was in the company of the deceased victim. The incident took place in the late evening hours in Kabukungu village, in Kiziguro Sector.

Commenting on some of the accidents, Traffic Police Spokesperson Superintendent (SP) Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi said these areas has multiple traffic sign posts indicating there a sharp corner ahead.

He recommended that drivers should not exceed speed limits since the accidents are clearly caused by reckless driving.

He advised bus drivers to respect traffic rules and stop over speeding. He also advised truck drivers to take enough rests because they are usually involved in accidents because of dosing and fatigue.


Police concerned over increased accidents


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