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FRSC prosecutes 91 traffic offenders

26 July 2013, 11:32

Uyo  -The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Akwa Ibom on Thursday said it prosecuted 91 traffic offenders in its mobile court for various offences from January to July.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Gods-Gift Uwem, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo, that 77 persons were convicted while 14 persons were jail without option of fine.

According to him, those arrested were prosecuted and convicted for offences such as non-use of seat belt, poor lighting system, dangerous driving, use of phone while driving and drivers’ licence violation.

"The offenders were sentenced at the discretion of the magistrate, depending on the traffic offence committed and in line with the stipulated punishment.

"Most of those sentenced to jail were made to serve for periods ranging from the minimum of two weeks to maximum of three months,” he said.

He said the decision to prosecute offenders was to force motorists to inculcate driving culture and drive to stay alive with a view to reducing carnage on the roads.

Uwem said that 90 per cent of road accidents were caused by human factors such as use of phone and drunkenness, over loading and dangerous overtaking.

"Apart from our routine patrol on the road where we stop cars and book offenders, we have adopted stiffer strategies such as use of mobile court.

"We also use methods such as issuing charge sheets to offenders and out rightly summoning them to court.

"In that case, a lot of offenders who have so much money to spend do not see the issue of booking by FRSC as serious punishment.

"Most of them are not always comfortable with the mobile court system because it will waste their time and restrict their freedom for a period.

"If you are found guilty by the court you will be convicted in line with the provisions of the law and punished accordingly,” Uwem said.

 - NAN


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