Healthy People Rwanda has joined other partners in a 52-week National road safety campaign that aims to promote road safety amid rather alarming rates of road mortality in the country.
The campaign dubbed “GerayoAmaharo” was initiated on May 13th and activities to mark its beginning wererolled out in major Taxi Parks across the country. Many people held placards that carried various messages with a common and strong call upon everyone to do their part to make roads safe. It is also being carried out on social networks with the Hashtags #GerayoAmahoro and #ArriveSafe.
The deputy Commissioner General of Rwanda National Police DIGP Juvenal Marizamunda revealed that road crashes claimed up to 400 lives last year translating to at least one victimevery day. He said this comes on top of injuries and infrastructure damage.
Noteworthy as well is that 80 per cent of accidents are a result of reckless driving such as over speeding, drink driving, among other issues that explain the need for this campaign which he said is expected to substantially reduce the number of victims.
State Minister for Transport Eng. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye ( in Front)
Daniel Ngarambe who heads the federation of motorcyclists in the countryassuredtheir support for the campaign. “It is said that contraveners of traffic rules are motorcyclists and we hope that this campaign will be of great help in addressing that”
The campaign comes at a time when Healthy People Rwandais implementing the First Aid Initiative Rwanda (FAIR), a project that aims to reduce morbidity and mortality due to road traffic accidents in Rwanda. Under the project, workshops on Road Safety and First Aid trainings are currently taking place in high schools and driving schools aroundKigali city.