The Unit
Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Agbor, Cmdr. Olusegun Olusola has in a
chat with news men in Agbor disclosed that fines were no longer yielding  desired results for road traffic offence,
hence anyone caught making phone calls or not putting on seat belt while
driving will not only attract fine, but will equally be sent to jail if found
guilty, explaining that this was part of strategies to effect attitudinal
change among motorists nationwide. He noted that attitudinal change might not
be recorded unless backed by aggressive enforcement system.

“If you take
the statistics of lives and property lost on the road you will find out that
the number is even more than the number of lives lost through HIV/AIDs and
other pandemic diseases,’ he said.

Mr. Olusola
said the new system would enable the FRSC to track habitual offenders, improve
data management and reduce time spent in booking offenders.

“According to
him, the Pan-Nigerian Road Safety campaign as a national reawakening on the
consciousness that road crashes do not just happen, but are caused and can be

            The Unit boss said the campaign
would focus on seatbelt violation, over-speeding and making phone calls while
driving, adding that flouting of traffic regulations undermined safety rules.

            “The campaign is a call for
rejection of the crippling effects of road carnage, under-development and
poverty. It is a holistic campaign programme designed to address the challenges
of apathy and fatalism associated with road usage in Nigeria, which have
continued to undermine all efforts aimed at bringing sanity to our road,”
Olusola affirmed.


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