Worried by the rising cases and fatalities of speed related road crashes as well as drivers operating without valid driver’s licences, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has directed commanding officers across the country to intensify special operations targeted at the offenders.
This is an expanded mandate along with operation sanity aimed strengthening safety on the highways, said a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem.
The Corps Marshal expressed dismay over continuing incidents of fatal crashes caused by speed violation with most of the drivers failing to install speed limiting devices in their vehicles despite repeated warnings. This, he said, is unacceptable to the Commission and promised a clampdown on such recalcitrant violators who will be subjected to full sanctions provided by law to deter others.
Records of road traffic crashes across the country, as collated by the Corps since the beginning of the year, indicate that over 50% of such crashes were attributed to speed violation, and the Corps Marshal is unhappy over the unfortunate development.
“He has accordingly directed that special operations aimed at detecting the defaulters and imposing appropriate sanctions on them be intensified nationwide. During such special operations, all vehicles found to have violated the rules would not only be subjected to the fullest sanctions as provided by the law,” said the statement.
Kazeem further stated that in the course of the special operations, drivers that are caught with fake, expired or forged driver’s licences would have their vehicles impounded until they have taken appropriate measures necessary to acquire the licences. He warned drivers to ensure that henceforth they operate with valid documents, especially the driver’s licence and vehicle papers to avoid penalties.
It would be recalled that the FRSC had in the last few years initiated the ideas of speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders as a way of involuntarily controlling speeds which had been identified as the main causative factors in road traffic crashes. Following the Presidential directives on the policy, the enforcement commenced earnestly and has been on with special operations targeted at the offenders. The continuing incidents of speed related crashes despite the measures and failure of the drivers to voluntarily regulate themselves has now led to the need by the Corps to re-strategise on the enforcement through the renewed special operations.
“The National Headquarters of the Corps will be reviewing reports of compliance from the special operations from across the Field Commands for incremental policies on the offences,” the statement added.