They say rules were made to be broken. A popular saying but popularly wrong. Road carnage has been a black hole sucking life after life from all corners of the earth. Traffic police have tried to be vigilant in ensuring motorists keep the rules but it sometimes prove to be a task to control violators of the law.
Perhaps a new approach could be brought in and surely the salvation of traffic police is nearer than before. A new app, due to the technological regeneration has been birthed, and this time, not by a company but by an individual to curb this issue. This could prove to be mind-blowing to motorist who will not watch out.
A Rwandan graduate from Ohio University in USA has developed a new application that will make it easy for traffic police to monitor drivers across all road networks.
“MotoRate” was developed by Rubenga Freddy, a Rwandan holding a Mechanical Engineering degree from Ohio University, US.
It is a free App available on App Store and Android. It helps passengers rate the service delivery of the car hence ensuring the safety of people.
“You can rate all vehicles that use the road as long as you have a smart phone and can be able to download this app for free,” he said. This App also has a website that can be consulted for those who do not have smart phones (http://www.motorate.net/).
All you have to do is to fill in the form including; car number plate, name an offense committed by a driver on board, or compliment his service before hitting the ‘Share’ button.
The sender will be anonymous but all driving rates on a particular car will be available to the public.
Once you insert the number plate, the car is rated in one of the three categories; Green which is safe zone, Yellow, meaning Attention and Red which is danger.
The crimes that are reported include; over speeding, driving while on phone, traffic lights violation, accident and many more.
“If people use this service, accidents will tremendously reduce as it will play a third party eye of Traffic Police,” Rubenga said.
“For example, if you are traveling to Musanze with X – Company, before boarding the bus, you can first check how it has been rated by people.”
Rubenga said the main idea of developing MotoRate App was to provide the best statistics on road safety as well as the status of registered vehicles.
“With the collection of this information, we will bring awareness of road safety, statistics necessary for implementation of consistent security policy.”
In the beginning, Rubenga is not targeting money from the App, however, using the App on several platforms will require application fees later on.
For the past two weeks when ‘‘Motorate’’ was launched, more than 50 people have used it.
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