EHIME ALEX, Lagos
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has directed commanding officers of the agency to as a matter of urgency step up patrol operations. He also charged them to ensure strict enforcement on critical offences like overloading, rickety vehicles, removal of extra lights, and enforcement of compliance on restriction of motorcycles and tricycles to their designated routes.
According to a statement on Monday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Marshal gave the directives following the imperatives of sustaining existing efforts geared at achieving its year 2020 corporate strategic goals of minimising the risk of death on the road by reducing road traffic crashes by 15 per cent and fatality by 20 per cent.
In the statement, Oyeyemi noted that the Corps is repositioning, strengthening, and sustaining road safety programmes that are packaged to make the roads safe, and, as such would not tolerate any form of bad driving habit, including overloading of vehicles in persons and goods, fixing of extra lights on vehicles, driving of Ricky vehicles, excessive smoke emission, and riding on undesignated routes by motorcyclists and tricyclists.
This operation, according to the Corps Marshal has become overly relevant owing to the fact that the identified critical offences are major contributors of road traffic crashes with attendant loss of lives and properties.
He said, “Because of this, the Federal Road Safety Corps is determined and committed to this course and must ensure that it stops at nothing when it comes to cleansing our roads of these ills. To this end, violators of traffic laws must desist or face the wrath of the law.”
Oyeyemi also used the medium to warn perpetrators of traffic offences to take a new leave, noting that the entire management staff of the Corps will fully participate in this operation to show how important it is to the Corps.
Kazeem also revealed that severe punishment awaits anyone apprehended in the act, including referrals to designated government health facilities for emotional evaluation, payment of fines and compulsory road safety education.
The statement added, “The public is therefore called to assist the Corps by reporting any of the stated offences sighted on the road to the spokesperson through the FRSC Toll Free numbers 122 or tune into the National Traffic Radio 107.1FM to report same or any other contravention seen on the road.
“The Station can also be reached through its Social Media Handles as follows; WHATSAPP 08052997848, FACEBOOK TRAFFICRADIO 1, TWITTER @TRAFFICRADIO 1, INSTAGRAM TRAFFICRADIO 1. Or Call the following numbers; GLO 08052998090, MTN 09067000015, and SMS on GLO 08052998012 and the FRSC toll free emergency line 122.”