Rwanda National Police (RNP) outstretched the Gerayo Amahoro road safety campaign in community gatherings across the country to further educate and influence right choices in order to further save lives on roads.
On Tuesday, May 23, Rwanda National Police addressed weekly village gatherings commonly known as 'Inteko z'abaturage' and reminded them of their responsibility as daily road users.
They were enlightened on traffic rules and regulations and urged them to comply with road safety standards not because they are bound by law but rather their choice to arrive safely to their destinations.
The RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera stated that the road safety awareness campaign mission is to ensure safe roads for every road user and that everyone should participate.
“The ultimate goal of Gerayo Amahoro campaign is to reach every road user with road safety messages.
Drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians; all live in communities. They should know that they have a role in ensuring road safety as most accidents occur due to reckless human behaviours,” CP Kabera said.
He continued: “Road safety should be everyone’s responsibility, this is why we are disseminating road safety messages in the community so no one would be left out, every road user should be aware of traffic rules and regulations along with how to properly behave on the road for their own safety and that of others.”
Pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists are the majority victims or cause of road crashes.
CP Kabera hinted at careless behaviours of road users, which are likely to trigger fatal accidents like walking on the wrong side of the road, reckless crossing, drunk driving, dangerous overtaking and being distracted on the roads, among others.
Some of those, who attended Gerayo Amahoro awareness in different community gatherings, commended the Police efforts in educating all groups of road users countrywide to promote road safety culture.
“We were privileged to have our Police with us today in our community meeting. We discussed on different points of how to behave while on the road, there are some traffic rules and regulations that we were not aware of as pedestrians.
Only when every road user understands his or her role as a pedestrian, motorists and passenger, that we will all make our road safer for all,” said Jeannine Munyankindi, a resident of Muhima sector in Nyarugenge District.
She added: “I urge fellow parents to not let children on the road without supervision, we have to watch the kids and also teach them road regulations, pedestrian also should respect road signs. It is all about mindset and attitude change."