Kaduna - The Kafanchan Unit Command of Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), has prosecuted 31 motorists along Abuja-Bade-Gidan Waya-Jos federal highway.
The Unit Commander, Jacob Iyima, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
According to him, the motorists were arrested and prosecuted by the corps mobile court.
He said that the operation was authorised by the FRSC headquarters as part of efforts to sanction motorists who refused to stop for routine inspection.
"The Commission is more concerned with safety of lives and property on the highways than arresting violators, but the attitudes of some motorists necessitated the exercise," Iyima said.
He added that due to the rude and careless attitude of some motorists, the FRSC had engaged the assistance of police and military personnel to ensure the enforcement of the mobile court’s judgments.
Iyima said that the 31 motorists, whose vehicles were impounded, were charged with 38 different offences, adding that the most prevalent offences were those of number plates, seat belt and windscreen violations.
The unit commander said that the fines meted on the motorists were meant to force them to put their vehicles in order and not to serve as a source of revenue for the corps.
He urged motorists to ensure that their vehicles were road worthy, drive with caution and observe traffic rules and regulations at all times.
Iyima said the mobile court exercise would be observed regularly until sanity was restored on the roads.
NAN reports that the Chief Magistrate of Kafanchan High Court, Pius Iliya, presided over the exercise.
The mobile court fined motorists for violations, ranging from overloading, road blockage, use of unregistered number plates, refusal to use seat belt and over speeding.
The fines imposed by the court ranged between N1 000 and N2 000, depending on the gravity of the offence.
The magistrate cautioned motorists, especially commercial vehicle drivers, against making money at the expense of their passengers life.