FRSC warns drivers against using earpiece on roads

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ikeja Unit Command, in Lagos State, has warned Nigerians against the use of earpiece while driving.

Mr. Olukayode Ayoola, Assistant Route Commander, who gave the warning in Lagos, said that use of earpiece by drivers had caused countless accidents, agency report says.

Ayoola was sensitising some Christians on road safety rules at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Court of His Majesty, Abesan, Ipaja, Lagos.

He said that accidents had occurred due to the use of earpiece because drivers did not hear necessary caution horning.

According to him, 90 percent of road crashes are due to human error, which has to do with ignorance and carelessness, while 10 percent is due to mechanical faults.

“It is unfortunate that people know the right things to do while driving but refuse to do them.

“All precautionary measures put out by the road safety are not for formalities but are meant to be adhered to, for the safety of all.

“Use of phones and earpiece is seriously discouraged while driving; it is an offence. These will serve as distractions and could lead to accidents and eventual deaths,” Ayoola said.

A driver must place a caution sign 50 metres away from the location where his car had an issue, to guard against another car running into it, he observed.

“Children under the age of 12 should not be allowed to sit in the front seat, and mothers fond of breastfeeding while driving should desist from it,” he said.

Ayoola said that road accidents had caused deaths more than major communicable diseases and sundry ailments.

He advised Nigerians to be conscious of highway codes and all road safety measures.

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