In the most recent Rwanda National Police (RNP) anti-drunk-driving operations, which took place between September 23 and September 26, 2021, twenty-five persons were arrested.
They were all arrested on different highways in Kigali after being found inebriated exceeding the legal limit of 0.8 blood alcohol content.
RNP Deputy spokesperson, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Africa Sendahangarwa Apollo, paraded the group on Monday, September 27 at Nyarugenge District Police Unit in Rwezamenyo Sector, saying that these are part of daily Police operations across different roads in the country to combat one of the major causes of accidents.
Some of the drivers who were arrested driving while inebriated expressed regret for their suicidal deeds.
One of the paraded riders, Charles Nkurunziza, admitted to drinking before riding.
“I was arrested on Friday, September 24, at around 9:30 p.m. at Kicukiro center. I had had two bottles of beer and the breathalyzer indicated that I was intoxicated to the degree of 3.12 millilitres,” Charles Nkurunziza said.
Eric Fabrice also claimed that he was arrested in Kicukiro after being discovered to be 1.5 milliliters inebriated.
CSP Africa advised drivers about breaking road safety norms and regulations on purpose, putting people’s lives in jeopardy.
“The Rwandan National Police undertook programs around the country to educate all types of road users about safer road usage, including the dangers of driving while inebriated. These 25 people are among those who have defied road safety regulations by continuing to drive even after they were legally prohibited from driving or riding due to excessive alcohol in their blood,” according to CSP Africa.
He went on to say that while the police do not prohibit individuals from drinking, they will not condone anyone who drives or rides while inebriated.