Pedestrians that like to cross the highway while ignoring the bridges in Lagos are now at risk of serious sanctions including a jail sentence.
The government of Lagos state is adopting sterner measures recently to ensure that all residents adhere to traffic rules and road instructions, especially the usual “jumping” of the highways in the state irrationally.
Indiscriminate crossing or “jumping” of the Lagos highways can now land pedestrians in jail – LAGESCx
Recently, the LAGESC (Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps) decided to give a new order to arrest pedestrians that normally refuse to use the provided bridges but instead cross the Lagos Highway indiscriminately.
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According to the agency, this new development is geared towards ensuring the free and orderly movement of vehicles along all Lagos highways rather than the frustrating slow movements usually caused by pedestrians jumping the roads. When commenting on this new order, Gbemisola Akinpelu – retired Police commissioner and Corps Marshal for LAGESC said;
“The agency is geared towards attaining total compliance on road crossing and use of pedestrian bridges in line with the mandate of the governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the enforcement and prosecution of offenders.”
The LAGESC Corps Marshal also stressed that indiscriminate crossing of highways usually leads to loss of lives from hit-and-run cases. She disclosed that 200 meters has been pegged as the distance from the pedestrian bridge beyond which anyone will be arrested if caught. She emphasized that this new order is not to really punish anyone but rather to save lives and keep Lagos traffic moving faster.
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