Earlier this week, the Abuja sector commander of the Nigerian FRSC (Federal Road Safety Corps), Commander Wobin Auba Gora declared that the commission will start taking grave action against drivers using Google maps from their mobile phone while driving. However, on Thursday 28th November 2019, the commission issued a new press statement restating its view on this traffic offence.
Naijauto has gathered from a recently published report by PunchNg that a new statement issued out by the FRSC and signed by the Corps’ Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem – the commission claims that Commander Wobin Auba Gora was “quoted out of context on the use of google map app while driving.”
The Nigerian FRSC has restated its previous ban declared against usage of Google Maps on the phone while driving
Below is the part of this new public statement issued out by the FRSC:
“The Corps wishes to state that the Sector Commander must have been misquoted and his statement outrightly misrepresented because the Federal Road Safety Corps as a technology-driven organization is not and has never stood against the use of google map by motorists.
“To state the obvious, we have always enlightened the public on the position of the law on use of phone while driving which the Sector Commander tried to emphasize during the flag off. The statement he made during the flag off buttresses the position of the Corps, which is that any driver who intends to deploy the use of Google map while driving must have it set on the phone before embarking on the journey, not while the vehicle is already in motion as this could be dangerous to the driver and other road users, and can lead to road traffic crash.
“We say this because, available records have shown that use of phone for whatever purpose; be it text, voice calls, chats, browsing, setting google map to find location etc. while driving could be distractive and can easily lead to loss of concentration. This has led to many road traffic crashes with attendant loss of lives and properties.
“On the strength of this, the Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to reiterate its position on use of phone while driving as a dangerous and hazardous road traffic behavior which has led to unwanted and avoidable road crashes.
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