FRSC set to arrest motorists making calls while driving

*Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps says road traffic regulations state while driving, no driver of a vehicle shall while the vehicle is in motion receive or make a telephone call in any form

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In order to ensure safety of lives and property of both motorists, commuters and goods while in transit, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos Sector Command, has vowed to commence the arrest and prosecution of erring motorists making phone calls while driving.

FRSC stated Sunday, December 6 that it had observed with dismay the rampant use of phone by motorists while driving on the road.

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Lagos Sector Commander, disclosed that the Corps had noticed a rising disregard for traffic and safety regulations, which forbid use of phone behind wheels, reports The Guardian.

Traffic laws are for the safety of all road users and efforts should be made by all motorists to only do those things that can make them stay alive, said Ogungbemide.

He stressed “we have noticed rising rate of infractions in phoning or use of phone while driving, non-use of seatbelt, rickety vehicles that are not road worthy, lane shunting and general irresponsible driving culture.

“The National Road Traffic Regulations 2012 section 166 (1) on Use of Communication devices while driving states that no driver of a vehicle shall whilst the vehicle is in motion receive or make a telephone call in any form.

“It also states that an instructor shall not make or receive telephone call in any form while supervising a learner undertaking driving lessons.

According to the Sector Commander, “the regulations further state that a telephone call shall include: Sending or receiving oral or written messages; sending or receiving facsimile documents; sending or receiving still or moving images; accessing, surfing or browsing the Internet.

“The above traffic regulations are for our good. We have lost so many drivers and other innocent people due to distraction the use of phone caused them while on the road. “Peace-loving, responsible Lagosians and road users are also passing through a lot of pains due to the actions of these few who will not obey simple regulations to keep themselves alive.

He urged Nigerians that the Command cannot watch and allow these illegality to strive in a decent environment like ours, especially as we enter the peak period of the year.

Ogungbemide added: “All Lagos State commands of the Corps have been given the mandate to nip this recklessness in the bud by getting all forms of road misconduct apprehended.”

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