Just recently, Federal Road Safety Corps of the FCT command sector allegedly made an official announcement which prohibits any use of Google map on the mobile phone while driving in Nigeria. It wasn’t up to 24 hours before they made a U-turn from that statement, debunking any speculation and clarifying use of Google map on mobile device while behind the wheel.
The lady shared an image of the issued fine for using Google map on the phone while driving recently in Abuja
A report has reached us on Naijauto of a lady identified as Mary Ikoku, who went online to share how she was arrested by this same FRSC in Abuja for use of Google directional map on her phone while driving. According to her, she was handed a ticket of N4,000 to what the officer on duty classified as very serious traffic offence.
Remita generated online for the payment of sum of N4,000 for breaking traffic offence
Wow! We still have a lot of surprises in this yulitide. Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps have just impounded my car. Asked what's my offence, they said, show me your phone and I turned my phone to him, and the guy said you are under arrest for driving with the aid of Google map on your mobile phones. Wawu!! I'm like seriously!! He said, madam it is a serious traffic offence. I asked to see the team lead, their team lead came and after hearing fro his collegue and me said, "the law forbids motorists from using mobile phones in any form while driving, as it can lead to accident". I can see you are using Google map on your phone. Madam it is distractive so follow us to our office.
This is unbelievable!! You see ba, I have an emergency and have requested for a ticket so I can deal with this later but they said No. I must drive to their office. Well ladies and gentlemen, I've been given a ticket of N4000 payable to Remita my offence is using GPS. They have my car and my keys and my drivers license. When I'm done paying to remita then I will be checked into national hospital for mental examination for using GPS while driving. The real mad folks are those who believe is an offence to drive with Google map. They called Google map a distraction. So if you are driving in Abuja, ditch the GPS and drive on, get to middle of the road stop and ask any road safety or traffic warder thus; oga where is the direction to Apo, Asokoro or just any where you are going. You don't need direction map. The worst kind of illiteracy is the illiteracy of a government.
Please if you have an opportunity to live in a saner place, now is the time to weigh your options and check out. A lot of things don't make sense here.
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When commenting on the incident, many people disapprove of FRSC ban on the use of Google Maps while driving but some others show their strong approval of FRSC's actions in this case. Clearly, using mobile phone without hand-free device is dangerous no matter what app you are using. Moreover, the FRSC men in the story didn't ask for a bribe; they just wanted the lady to pay into the government account. That's reasonable, right? What do you think?
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