Ijebu-Ode (Ogun)- The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned that convoys found guilty of disregard for traffic laws and reckless driving will henceforth be exposed and be prosecuted.
The FRSC Assistant Corps Commander, Isah Seidu, gave the warning while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ijebu-Ode on Sunday during the flag-off of the ‘Ember’ months road safety campaign.
Seidu, the Ijebu-Ode FRSC Unit Commander, said the action became imperative to curtail the excesses of convoy drivers whose actions endangered the lives of other road users.
“Experience has shown that during the festive period, because of the heavy vehicular movement, convoy drivers show their impatience by unjustified blaring of sirens and reckless driving.
“Tracking them down has always been very difficult, but this time around, rather than trying to track them down, we will expose them through our new ‘Show of Shame’ directive.
“We have designated cameras on the highways to film convoys violating the law whose video clips would be sent to media houses for the public to judge.
“We are indeed serious with this threat and want to appeal to all motorists to be law abiding so as to make our job easy by avoiding things that will undermine their own safety,” he said.
The corps commander said that penalty for offences would be strictly enforced during the festive period and that offenders would have the option of going to court to seek redress.
He also advised motorists to avoid embarking on journeys during the harmattan hazy weather, citing poor visibility as a risk.
“Motorists, especially those with visual challenges must avoid taking to the road during the night or early morning periods.
“Crashes are more difficult to manage at night due to the logistics involved and rescue efforts may take longer than usual because of poor visibility.
“They must ensure to put their vehicles in proper working conditions as all lighting systems must be functioning,” Seidu said.
He said the FRSC would be fully operational along the Ijebu-Ode/Ore corridor to ensure free flow of traffic during the festive period and that they would be fully equipped to facilitate rescue operations should crashes occured.
“In event of crashes, do not hesitate to call the following emergency numbers: 122, 08077690221 and 08077690202,” he advised. (NAN)