Rwanda National Police (RNP) has warned of “severe actions” to drivers who continue to violate government orders meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and disregarding instructions given to them by Police officers enforcing the directives.
The warning comes after the Traffic and Road Safety department released a new list of 87 drivers, who violated the directives especially moving beyond 9PM, since July 27, and worse still drove or rode away refusing to go where Police officers directed them.
This brings the number of violators to 657 since April. At least 331 drivers have since reported to the Police voluntarily.
RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera warned that violators will be located and penalized accordingly.
“Every bit of the government directives must be respected, including being home by 9PM. In case you are found in any violations, respect Police officers, abide and go where they tell you to go,” CP Kabera said.
He observed that when you run away, particulars left behind will help the Police to look for you and ensure that you are penalised.
Last month, RNP outlined new measures to ensure compliance and easy identification of errant violators.
Among the measures is digital registration of all violators so as to track their violation records. This informs serious actions in case of recidivism; reporting violators to their employers for further penalties.
As for those moving without identifications, proper action will be taken to ensure their particulars are clearly known and digitally recorded.
CP Kabera advised motorists to always go to centres where they are instructed to go, which are wide spaces to control movements at night and to allow social distancing.
He advised all those whose names are on the published lists of violators, to voluntarily come forward, warning of further actions to whoever on the list, who will not report to Police voluntarily.