By Dele Ogbodo
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka, Thursday, in Abuja arrested Mr. Amehson Suleiman, who was sentenced to five days’ imprisonment for driving against normal flow of traffic along the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (NICON) junction within the metropolis of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Suleiman’s prompt payment of N53, 000 fine provided the elixir to escape five days’ imprisonment.
According to the Corps Marshal, the defaulter who was driving a grey coloured Toyota Corolla with registration number plate, FA 288LND drove in reckless manner thus exposing himself and other road users to serious traffic hazard before his arrest by the combined team of Corps Marshal who were on patrol within the city centre.
The road traffic offender, who was subsequently charged with road traffic violation and dangerous driving, was quickly arraigned before a Special traffic Offences Court, presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Uyanna. The Presiding judge handed a five days’ imprisonment or an option fine of N53, 000. Suleiman was however released on payment of the fine.
Reiterating FRSC’s commitment towards enthroning safer road culture in Nigeria through strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations and public education, he urge Nigerians to support the agency’s new blueprint document which is the latest of road safety strategy that will drastically reduce traffic accident before 2016.
He added: “Yesterday’s approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC),for the infusion of road safety education into school curricular and specific standard for school buses will also go a long way in avoiding deaths of school children on the road.”
Chidoka said the emergence of the strategic document was a culmination of several stakeholders’ for a carried out in 12 centres, with a total of 741 different stakeholders across the country who came up 122 basic issues bordering on road safety measures in line with global best practices.
He said: “We are here today to basically present the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy, which is a culmination of the stakeholders’ engagement that we have been involved in the past few weeks, adding that road safety is about the world’s concern that about 1.3 million people die yearly on the road traffic accidents. This, according to him has become unacceptable.
To guarantee safety on the highways, Chidoka said many countries are now passing legislations to increase the penalty for road violations and punish road offenders more severely while at the same time criminalising certain road traffic offences like drunk driving under the influence of drugs and even road rage in a country like the USA.
Chidoka said: “So for us here in Nigeria this is an opportunity for us to bring out a road map that brings out responsibilities on all stakeholders.”
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