Uyo - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Akwa Ibom said 45 persons were convicted for various road traffic offences by its Mobile Court in Uyo between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28.
Its Public Relations Officer, Mr Godsgift Uwen, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Sunday that a total of 49 road traffic violators were arrested during the period under review.
Uwen explained that eight persons were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, 37 were also convicted but were given options to pay fines, while four persons were discharged.
He said the offences of the convicted motorists ranged from drivers’ licence violation, dangerous driving and overloading to light signs and seat belt violation.
He added that ``some of them were sentenced for dangerous driving and they have to serve from two months to six months jail terms to serve as deterrent to other traffic offenders.
``We have been preaching to motorists on safe driving but to no avail. The Mobile Court is meant to complement our regular enlightenment campaign programmes and patrol.
``The court is a routine exercise for us to check the excesses of vehicle owners and their drivers to ensure safety on our roads,’’ he said.
Uwen advised drivers in the state to ensure that they obtain their licences through the proper process and warned against patronising touts.
According to him, to acquire a genuine drivers’ licence, one has to pass through a driving school, tested by the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) before presenting himself/herself to FRSC for bio-metric capturing.
The FRSC spokesman appealed to motorists to ``change their arrogant attitude on the road because any mistake on the road can lead to a crash’’.
He also advised motorists to plan their journeys and avoid anxiety and rush to meet deadlines or targets.
He gave the assurance that officials of the FRSC would continue to be friendly, fair but firm in the discharge of their duties.