The Federal Road Safety Corps has sent out a reminder to motorists of the increased high risk of road crashes as there will be increased mobility as the Ember months approach.
The Zone 4 Commander of FRSC in charge of Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, gave the warning to all motorists, asking they should be safety conscious as we enter the last quarter of the year known as ember months.
Olagunju warned motorist to be conscious of the fact that there will be increased mobility during the period which could also result to high incidence of road traffic crashes (RTC).
In a statement issued by DRC Terry Hoomlong, the Zonal Commanding Officer said the call comes on the heels of four mobile court sittings conducted in Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States convicting 131 traffic offenders for varying violations.
He said in the statement that, “A mobile court presided by Hon. Isa Zalla sitting in Pankshin on 23rd July, 2020 convicted 30 offenders arraigned. In Benue, Hon IF Ajim sitting in Makurdi on 30th July and 14th August, 2020 convicted 71 traffic offenders out of 73 arraigned, while in Nasarawa Hon. Gwahimba Vincent convicted 30 out of 35 offenders arraigned on 14th August, 2020.
“The convicted drivers were jailed for two months but were however given the option of fines ranging between N 2,000 and N 10,000 in line with the FRSC Establishment act, 2007 and the National Tratfic Rgulations, 2012. The most prevalent offences were overloading/ nonsocial rug lat I in, seat belt,tyre violations and mechanicaly defective vehicles.”
He gave assurances that “the Command will continue the prosecution of erring drivers especially those with critical offences such as overloading, dangerous driving, speed limit violations, tyre violations, route violations, use of phone while driving, driving under influence, mechanically deficient vehicle and failure to fix speed limiting devices.”
The Zone, he said, was putting in place measures to address traffic situations in the coming ember month. Road Safety, he said is a collective responsibility therefore, the motoring public must also take responsibility to ensure they obey traffic rules and be disciplined for a safe and successful ember month.