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FRSC arrests 1 800 offenders

10 July 2013, 12:02

Ogun- The Itori Unit Command of the  Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday said it arrested  1,800 motorists between January and June for various traffic offences.

The Unit’s Commander, Fatai Bakare, said this during its Ramadan Special Patrol on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

Bakare, whose jurisdiction covers Abeokuta-Lagos expressway, said 300 of the offenders were prosecuted.

He said on conviction, the offenders bagged various jail terms with options of fine.

Bakare expressed the readiness of the unit to reduce road traffic crashes to the barest minimum.

"We have a joint mobile court in Ota for Ota, Agbado and Idiroko unit commands.

"We have prosecuted not less than 300 offenders from January to date through our mobile court and we have arrested about 1 800 offenders this year.

"The essence of today’s special patrol is to prevent accidents or road crashes; we don’t want to record a single road crash during this Ramadan period.

"We know that people will be moving from one place to the other during this period.

"That is why we are doing our best to make sure that the road is safe for all users this period and beyond,’’ he said.

Speaking further Bakare said no fewer than 50 motorists were arrested for violating traffic rules during Tuesday’s special patrol.

He said the offences committed by those arrested ranged from tyre violation, brake light, windscreen, drivers’ license and seat belt violations, among others.

Bakare also said penalties imposed against them ranged from N2 000 to N10 000, adding that any motorist arrested for dangerous driving would be fined N50 000.

"But as you know, we are not after the fines; FRSC is not a money-making organisation.

"What we are after is to save lives and property on our roads; it’s that change in the attitude of the motorists that we are interested in and not the money,” he said.

He also said that his unit had embarked on “Beyond the Road” campaigns, meant to effect attitudinal change in motorists toward ensuring that road crashes were reduced.

Bakare urged motorists to observe traffic rules and regulations during the Ramadan fasting period to avoid accidents.

 - NAN

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