Lagos – The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Monday said a total 4,933 drivers were apprehended for 5,610 traffic offences in the first quarter of 2016.
Mr Nseobong Apkabio, the Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC, Zone II, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the offenders included both private and commercial drivers.
He added that they were apprehended at various locations for offences such as driving above the speed limit, excessive passengers, and worn-out tyres.
“The FRSC special squad that was inaugurated when I resumed duty in Zone 2 has been working towards reducing crashes on the road.
“All the eight commands in Lagos with about six commands from Ogun State were on the road daily and apprehended 4,933 drivers for committing 5,610 offences in the first quarter of 2016.
“Some of the offences included driving above the speed limit, carrying more than approved passengers in their vehicles, driving with worn-out tyres, overtaking dangerously and operating with malfunctioning vehicles.
“We believe that the number of drivers that were apprehended also helped us to also educate others who were not apprehended,” Akpabio said.
He also advised motorists to slow down upon approaching such officers regardless of whether they were stopped or not, saying, “it may be an intervention by God.
“There was a particular incidence where a driver that was arrested, who went on to give testimony that he would have been a dead man if he hadn’t been stopped by road safety personnel.
“What happened? His tyre was wobbling at the back, but he thought it was the bad portion of the road that made the noise so he refused to stop because he carried excess passengers.
“The patrol team then informed the next patrol team, so he was apprehended when he finally stopped.
“In less than a second after he was stopped by another patrol team, his vehicle’s tyre exploded, which means there could have been a disaster if he refused to stop the second time,’’ he said.
He warned motorists against speeding and night travel along the Lagos-Ibadan, especially in view of ongoing rehabilitation, saying, ‘‘we don’t want people to die but for people to be alive.’’
Akpabio, an Assistant Corps Marshal charged officers and men of the FRSC along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway corridor to intensify efforts towards reducing road traffic cash.
‘‘We would intensify effort to reduce the trend of road traffic crashes on that corridor, as the Corps Marshal has given us six new patrol vehicles and more are coming.
‘‘We have trained our personnel on civility-how to relate with members of the public – and more phases are coming up to make them meet up with the required service delivery,’’ Akpabio said.
According to him, in addition to strict enforcement, the FRSC have mapped out monitoring strategies and surveillance to check the operations or activities of its personnel on the corridor.
He, therefore, appealed to passengers to cooperate with the corps, saying, ‘‘do not allow your driver drive above the speed limit; we want people to be alive.’’ (NAN)