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638 traffic offenders in 4 months

27 April 2013, 08:12

Kaduna - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it arrested 638 motorists for various traffic offenses in the first quarter of this year in Kaduna State.

The Sector Commander of the commission in Kaduna State, Mr Mike Olagunju, who made the disclosure on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna, said that 529 of the offenders were convicted while 110 were discharged.

Olagunju said the offenders were arrested at FRSC formations in Kaduna town, Zaria, Saminaka, Birnin Gwari, Tafa and Kafanchan.

"For the first quarter, we had seven mobile courts and 638 motorists were apprehended for various traffic offenses, out of which 529 were convicted and 110 were discharged.

He explained that the mobile court was aimed at providing a platform for the commission to prosecute traffic offenders, to ensure strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

The sector commander said that the overall goal of the exercise was to reduce the rate of accidents.

"The use of mobile court is to use legal platform to enforce or drive home our point that we will not condone traffic indiscipline."

He said the state's Ministry of Justice had assigned six magistrates to the commission to handle traffic cases and mobile courts in the state.

Olagunju said that the commission and the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency would hold a joint operation on May 2 to check motorists using alcohol and drugs.

He urged motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid prosecution.

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