Assistant Corps Marshal (Dr.) Kayode Olagunju, mni, Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone RS4, Jos, in Plateau State

Courts convict 76 traffic offenders during ‘Zero Tolerance’ operations ─FRSC

*The FRSC ‘Operation Zero Tolerance’ was designed with the aim of ensuring sanity on the roads during the Christmas, New Year holiday periods and after.

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has continued with its ‘Operation Zero Tolerance’ with the aim of ensuring sanity on the roads during the Christmas period through the New Year and after.

The Operations by the Zone 4 Command of the FRSC comprises Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States in the country.

The Command said Operation Zero Tolerance, which started December 15, 2020, was designed with the aim of ensuring sanity on the road during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

Assistant Corps Marshal (Dr.) Kayode Olagunju, mni, Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) Zone RS4, Jos, in Plateau State, in a statement by RC Olusegun Owoeye, Acting Zonal Public Education Officer, Thursday, January 7, 2021, and made available to ConsumerConnect, disclosed that the Special Patrol Operation is still ongoing till January 15, 2021.

ACM Olagunju stated that the Operation is necessitated by the usual increased mobility, Road Traffic Law Violations and Crashes associated with the holiday period.

The Zonal Commanding Officer Zone RS4, Jos, therefore, directed all Commanding Officers in the Zone to ensure prompt arrest and prosecution of traffic offenders to prevent the “hangover effect” as many crashes could occur in the early days of the New Year.

According to Olagunju, it is the period of the year when many motorists are tempted to violate traffic rules as some may feel they had already survived the most dangerous period, the EMBER months hence they could afford to take some chances on the highways.

The Corps further noted that in furtherance of the efforts at ensuring sanity on the road, 76 traffic violators were convicted by mobile courts in Akwanga and Keffi Unit Commands of Nasarawa State.

The Zonal Commanding Officer also said the breakdown of the mobile court convictions revealed that in Nasarawa State, Senior Magistrate Victoria Ishaku sitting in Akwanga, found guilty as charged, 30 offenders for 46 traffic offences committed.

In Jeff, Chief Magistrate Jibrin Isa Shittu convicted 46 offenders arraigned before him, according to the statement.

Dr. Olagunju explained that he convicted drivers were jailed for periods between two (2) and six (6) months.

However, he disclosed that they were given the option of fines ranging between two thousand and 10 thousand Naira in line with the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 and the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012.

The most prevalent offences were Speeding, Overloading, Drivers License Violation, Seat Belt Use violation, Dangerous Overtaking and Lane Indiscipline, said he.

The statement further warned road users that in liaison with the three States of Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa, more Mobile Courts will be put in place to try erring road users. The Zonal Commander advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations in order not to start the New Year behind bars or burden with fines payments, as may be determined by the Magistrates.

The agency also stressed that  the special Operations entailed education of road users and enforcement of critical offences, such as Speeding, Dangerous Driving, Overtaking violation, Lane and Route violation, Obstructions, Use of Phone While Driving, Use of Mechanically Deficient Vehicles, Drivers License violation, Seat Belt Violation among others.

The Corps would not spare any reprobate and recalcitrant offender, the statement noted. The Command enjoined all motorists to exhibit caution while using the roads and ensure that their vehicles are in good working conditions.

Olagunju advised motorists to always remain alert and observe all traffic rules and regulations while using the roads.

They should be conscious of the challenges which the road environment and COVID-19 pose to the nation’s health, safety, security and wellbeing by driving to stay alive, he stated.

The Command’s statement further admonished all transport operators and road users to always comply with COVID 19 protocols till the end of Operation Zero Tolerance in the zone.

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