Road Safety arrests over 365,000 traffic offenders in eight months — Official

Some Road Safety Officiers

Offenders were arrested for over-loading, seatbelt violation, riding without a helmet, speed limit violation, and light sign violation.

The Federal Road Safety Corps says it has arrested 367,135 traffic offenders nationwide from January to August this year.

Bisi Kazeem, the Corps chief spokesperson told NAN in an interview on Thursday. He said the offenders violated different traffic rules and regulations.

Mr. Kazeem said that most offenders were arrested for over-loading, seatbelt use violation, riding motorcycle without helmet, speed limit violation, light sign violation, driving without or with shattered windscreen, driver’s licence violations, among others.

He said that the highest number of arrests were recorded in August, while the least number of arrests was recorded in April, due to restrictions placed on inter-state travels.

Mr. Kazeem said the corps has deployed special squads that do not just arrest traffic offenders but “also subject them to emotional evaluation tests at government health facilities before they are released.”

He said the measure has drastically reduced traffic offences and crashes.

In another development, Mr. Kazeem said that the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, had directed deployment of personnel and logistics nationwide across celebration venues of the independence anniversary.

He said that the nation would witness massive presence of FRSC operatives at areas having critical needs.

“For instance, in the FCT alone, the corps will deploy a total of 150 officers and men, 20 patrol vehicles, 10 bikes, two ambulances and two tow trucks to ensure ease of traffic,” Kazeem said. “The corps will also cover about 16 strategic points and the main gate.”

He also appealed to both drivers and passengers to comply with the post-COVID-19 safety guidelines, warning that the corps would continue its operations against violators.

“Before setting out with your vehicle, ensure your vehicle is in good condition as part of support in promoting safer roads across the country,’’ he said.