Akure - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Ondo on Monday said its Mobile Court convicted 1000 traffic offenders between January and November, 2013.
The Sector Commander, Aderonke Daniel, made this known at the launch of Airtel and FRSC Ember months’ campaign partnership in Akure.
Daniel said the motorists contravened various traffic regulations, including: overloading, use of phone while driving, seat belt violation and speeding.
"We are able to do this through strategic special patrol enforcement; awareness campaign, advocacy visits to organisations and establishment, and symbiotic relationship with stakeholders.
"More attention will be given to ensuring that lives are not lost during the peak of traffic on the nation's roads, especially on roads that traverse Ondo State.
"All hands are on deck to instantly bring to book through mobile court, any infraction committed by motorists during this period,’’ Daniel said.
She said the command faced many challenges posed by incessant Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) and "unwarranted waste of lives and property on the roads.
She urged road users to cooperate with FRSC to achieve efficient service delivery by observing road signs and complying with traffic regulations.
The West-Central Zonal Marketing Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Gbenga Olawale-Success, said the company was partnering with FRSC to make Nigeria roads safer.
Olawale-Success said most crashes were caused by the drivers’ behaviour and not always as a result of bad roads.
"The idea of a safe road in Nigeria is more of changing our driving behaviour than advocating for good road infrastructure.
"We can reduce deaths and injuries arising from crashes by 50 per cent, if we make a commitment to obey all traffic regulations,” he said.
Highlight of the event was the donation of 300 reflective jackets and activation of Close User Group (CUG) for corps members for effective communication, monitoring and enforcement on the nation's highway.