The Zone 4 Commander of FRSC in charge of Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States, Dr. Kayode Olagunju has warned all motorists to be safety conscious as we enter the last quarter of the year popularly referred to as “ember months”, he warned motorists to be conscious of the fact that there will be increased mobility during the period which could also result to high incidence of road traffic crashes (RTC).
This call came on the heels of four mobile court 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 23rd July, 2020 convicted 30 offenders arraigned. In Benue, Hon IF Ajim sitting in Makurdi on 30th July and 14th August, 2020 convicted 71 traffic offenders out of 73 arraigned, while in Nasarawa, Hon. Gwahimba Vincent convicted 30 out of 35 offenders arraigned on 14th August, 2020.
The convicted drivers were jailed for two months but were, however, given the option of fines ranging between N2,000 and N10,000 in line with the FRSC Establishment act, 2007 and the National Tratfic Rgulations, 2012. The most prevalent offences were overloading, seat belt violations, tyre violations and mechanicaly defective vehicles.
A statement issued by the Zonal Commanding Officer, Deputy Route Commander Terry Hoomlong, assured that the command will continue the prosecution of erring drivers especially those with critical offences such as overloading, dangerous driving, speed limit violations, tyre violations, route violations, use of phone while driving, driving under influence, mechanically deficient vehicle and failure to fix speed limiting devices.
He said 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,” the statement said.