Mobile courts set up by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) RS4 Command, Jos, convicted 131 erring drivers for various traffic offences in Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa between July 23 and August 14, 2020.
FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of the three states, Kayode Olagunju, disclosed this on Monday in a statement by Mr Terry Hoomlong, Acting Zonal Public Education Officer.
The FRSC cautioned road users against reckless driving during the forthcoming ‘Ember months’ to prevent all avoidable road traffic accidents.
Parts of the statement read, ”All motorists should be safety conscious as we enter the last quarter of the year known as Ember Months.
“Motorists should be conscious of the fact that there will be increased mobility during the period which could also result in high incidence of Road Traffic Crashes (RTC).
“This call came on the heels of four mobile courts sittings conducted in Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States, convicting 131 traffic offenders for varying violations.
“A mobile court presided by Hon. Isa Zalla sitting in Pankshin on July 23, 2020, convicted 30 offenders arraigned.
“In Benue, Hon. I. F Ajim, sitting in Makurdi, on July 30 and Aug. 14, 2020 convicted 71 traffic offenders out of 73 arraigned.
“In Nasarawa, Gwahimba Vincent convicted 30 out of 35 offenders arraigned on Aug.14, 2020.”
The statement added that all convicted drivers were jailed for two months, but were, however, given option of fines ranging between N2,000 and N10,000 in line with the FRSC Establishment Act, 2007 and the National Traffic Regulations, 2012.
According to the statement, the most prevalent offences are overloading, seat belt and tyre violations and driving mechanically defective vehicles.
The FRSC official, Olagunju, assured the public that the zonal command would continue the prosecution of erring drivers.
He noted that offences such as overloading, dangerous driving, speed limit violations, tyre violations, route violations, use of phone while driving, driving under influence, and mechanically deficient vehicles would be in focus.
“The zone is putting in place measures to address traffic situations in the coming ‘Ember months’.
“Road Safety 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.
“The Command wishes all road users safe motoring during the ember month and a safe journey to the new year 2021,” Olagunju added, while urging road users to drive safe to stay alive.
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