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Agency arrests 2 476 traffic offenders

21 June 2013, 12:11

Ilorin -  No fewer than 2 476 erring road users were arrested and fined by the Kwara Road Traffic Management Authority (KWARTMA), across the state between January and May.

Abdulraheem Mustapha, the Assistant General Manager (Operations) of the agency, said this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday.

Mustapha said that commercial motorcyclists constituted the highest number of traffic violators in the state with 2 072, followed by 404 motorists.

He noted that most of the road users did not understand road signs and symbols, urging members of the public to purchase and study the Highway Code.

"Life has no duplicate and accidents do not just happen; they are caused by negligence.

"An accident as you see it is more deadly than HIV/AIDS and malaria,” he said.

The manager said that three million people, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), die in accident every year.

He appealed to road users to always respect traffic rules and regulations to avoid accidents, noting that everybody was allowed to use the road, even beggars, the blind and the crippled.

He warned motorists not to claim their rights on the way, "because if you are claiming your rights, you may lose your life''.

 - NAN

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