Sequel to the mass return movements of road users from the end of the year activities coupled with the review of the operational activities embarked upon by members of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) as part of the end of year special patrol into 2021.
The Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has identified three major traffic offenses which his personnel must enforce sporadically and which motorists must guide against in the new year, saying FRSC will remain unrelenting in its commitment to achieving the goals of safer road environments in the new year.
According to a press release issued by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem in Abuja on Sunday, the three identified traffic offenses were the outcome of the review of crashes and fatality rates recorded during the Christmas and new year operational activities by the Corps.
The identified offenses, according to him are speeding, overloading, and non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols both in-vehicle and at the parks.
He further explained that the identified offenses would form part of the core areas that the FRSC patrol teams will beam their operational searchlights on in the new year.
Kazeem warned motorists to desist from all traffic violations that could endanger their lives and those of other road users, adding, however, that the Corps Marshal is impressed with the orderly conduct of some of the drivers in the new year operations.
He, therefore, urges them to sustain good driving habits for the safety and security of all road users and members of the public alike in the new year.
On the three identified traffic offenses, Kazeem explained that with the central role that speeding played in most of the fatal crashes recorded during the festive periods, enforcement of speed limiting devices in the new year will be more aggressive and non-compromising.
He further stressed that overloading of vehicles with goods and passengers and non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols in terms of social distancing will not be condoned by the Corps.
“The Corps is worried that with the threats of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and across the world.
Everyone must be made to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and obey all the traffic rules and regulations in the interest of our collective safety and public health,” he further stated.
Kazeem reassures members of the public that FRSC will remain vigilant on the nation’s highways as travelers are returning to their homes after the Christmas and new year celebrations in various places, urging every motorist to show consideration for one another while using the road.
“The Corps once again wishes all Nigerians and road travelers safety and prosperous new year,” he added.