Sixteen drivers arrested for violating curfew hours

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The Rwanda National Police (RNP) department of Traffic and Road Safety (TRS) has arrested 16 people, who were drunk and driving during curfew hours.

They were arrested in curfew enforcement operations conducted between Sunday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 8 in the City of Kigali. Violators were paraded before the media on Wednesday, June 9, at Nyarugenge District Police Unit (DPU) in Rwezamenyo Sector.

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said eight drunk violators were arrested in the night of Sunday, five on Monday while three others were arrested on Tuesday night.

Their vehicles were also impounded, and drivers will be fined accordingly.

“They were all arrested beyond 10pm, when everyone should be home, and they were all drunk.We have on many occasion paraded people to the media, who were arrested for disregarding the nation Covid-19 prevention directives, and we want to repeat this; operations to enforce the government directives and to arrest anyone undermining these directives, will continue,” CP Kabera said.

He added that although the RNP awareness on the directives and safety guidelines against Covid-19, which played great impact as well as Gerayo Amahoro campaign, which also tackled the issue of drunk-driving, some errant individuals continue to put lives of people at risks of catching the virus, fatal accidents, and destruction of property.

CP Kabera reminded every driver to act responsibly and take all necessary precautions to prevent the road accidents and loss of lives.

He warned that, besides operations to enforce the curfew, Police is also fighting drunk-driving and using breathalyzers to measure the alcoholic content of drivers.

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