Naijauto can confirm that in a recently organised event to raise safety awareness for tri-cyclists, the Lagos state government has said it will come down hard on traffic offenders now that elections are over. The Lagos state government made this known saying motorists, tri-cyclists, and motorcycle riders who make use of highways without regards for the states will be touched in order to restore sanity to the rods.
During this event organised by Africa’s mobile phone giant, itel Mobile, for Keke NAPEP riders at Ikeja at the weekend, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Mr. Chris Olakpe (rtd), made this known. Mr. Chris, who is the Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), said the elections are over so their work on road has resumed full steam.
He revealed in his statement that the reason for the agency slowing down was to allow the elections to run smoothly. He, however, stated that since the elections are now over, law enforcement connected with road transportation in the state including LASTMA will return to work as before.
LASTMA officials arresting a road traffic offender in Lagos!
“We will begin serious enforcement; abuse of drugs too will be dealt with. LASTMA will work with the police and NDLEA to flush people selling drugs at motor parks out,” he reiterated.
Other people who spoke at the event include Mr. Chidi Okonkwo, General Manager, Transsion Holding, who said the firm’s decision was to use Keke Napep riders to launch and kick-start the safe driving campaign.
According to Mr. Chidi, the initiative was prioritising the community’s needs which are a Community Service Responsibility (CSR) initiative: Love Always On, which keeps the firm’s drive. It was also geared at reducing the problem of misuse of mobile phones.
He noted that there has been a continuous increase in the use of mobile phones while driving, saying that this exposes the driver to four times the risk of an accident. He concluded by saying: “When there is a crash, the life of passengers and drivers are at risk.”