Amaechi advocates harsher penalties for traffic offenders

Amaechi advocates harsher penalties for traffic offenders

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has called for the review of the highway codes to ensure stiffer penalty for road traffic offenders.

Amaechi made the call at the Easter mega rally organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday, April 1, in Abuja.

The minister said that the review would help to reduce road traffic crashes and carnages on the highway.

He said that the review of the highway codes would also help curb the issue of road traffic crashes in the country.

Amaechi said that there was a need for road users to be aware of the stiffer penalty attached to recklessness on the highway.

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He said that education, enlightenment, and enforcement were major ways of sensitising the public; adding that a mega rally would help road users to understand the implications of driving recklessly.

Amaechi added that the ministry and the FRSC would work together to ensure that the law was reviewed; and takes effect so that lives and properties would be saved.

According to him, if a driver knows that he will go to jail if he drives recklessly, he will take caution.

“It will be easy for the drivers to understand this when you tell them; and that is why we are here today to ensure that we have a safe celebration now and beyond.

“A situation whereby the law is reviewed and categorically states that when you overload your vehicle; drunk drive, or drive recklessly, you will be jailed, then, every driver will be conscious.

“Most accidents you see today are not caused by bad roads but the recklessness of the drivers on the roads.

“I want to urge all drivers to be cautious of not just them; but the passengers they carry. Safety is paramount,” he said.

The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, commended the transport unions for ensuring that vehicles were not overloaded from the parks; adding that the union had also help in observing the COVID-19 protocols.

Oyeyemi noted that the major problems the corps was facing at the moment were crashes at night; adding that 200 lives were lost in January alone.

He added that although the crashes had reduced; the corps was working towards reduction to the barest minimum in the second quarter of the year and even beyond.

Oyeyemi assured the public of the improvement of the corps by the second quarter; saying that FRSC would bring in more measures that would help the corps to an acceptable level.

 

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