In order to reduce accidents and make the expressways suitable for drivers, the FRSC regulates and monitors interstate road use all over Nigeria. With the laws and fines levied on road offenders, many drivers still find it difficult to display and maintain good road and driving behavior. Lagos state seems to have the highest number of drivers who break the law provided by the traffic edict.
Akerele Christopher, an officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission was hit by a bus driver while he was on duty, controlling traffic along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State. It was learnt that the bus driver who injured the marshal officer was driving a Mazda bus with number plate, KTU 485 XQ. As a result of this incident, the vehicle of the accused driver was impounded while the driver who almost ran away, was quickly apprehended.
FRSC officers keep the roads safe for all
An eyewitness simply identified as Tunde told Punch Metro that the driver was trying to avoid been arrested.
“Most of these drivers can do anything to avoid arrest. If that driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he might be driving with expired or non-existent vehicle papers.”
The witness voiced the opinion that FRSC officers should work hard to ascertain that any vehicle without complete documents not be allowed to ply Nigerian roads.
Confirming the authenticity of this news, Clement Oladele who is the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Ogun State Command, confirmed that truly one of its road officers was run into, while on duty, by a reckless driver. He added that the affected officer was taken to a hospital for treatment and has been discharged.
Officers of the Corps face daily dangers on the roads
He also disclosed that the arrested offender was driving against traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Nigerian traffic laws provide for punitive actions against traffic offenders in the form of penalties and fines.
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