Why we no longer pursue fleeing traffic offenders -FRSC


The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command, says it had come up with an easier way of apprehending fleeing drivers, instead of getting involved in a car chase.

The Sector Commander, Uche Chukwurah, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Thursday.

She said that 701 offenders were arrested for flouting other traffic rules and regulations during the operation.

According to her, FRSC has information in its database on all registered motorists that will assist in arresting traffic offenders without pursuing them.

“We have a very robust data of vehicles that are plying Nigeria roads; why wasting our fuel, time and energy on pursuing vehicles?

“We don’t pursue vehicles and this has been inculcated in our men. We can get details of the drivers once we get the number plate of their vehicles,” she said.

The agency also said it has apprehended 75 drivers for driving without licence during its recently concluded “Operation Show Your Driver’s Licence”.

Mrs Chukwurah said the corps embarked on the operation from July 5 to July 11.

She said the operation would be continuous to ensure that right people were seen behind the wheels.

According to her, the corps will not tolerate a situation whereby commercial bus conductors will be behind the wheels, while their drivers coach them on how to drive.

“You can see that FRSC is not sleeping. We are actually serious to ensure that the right people are found behind the wheels.

“We are trying to eliminate such situations and that is why this operation will not be the end of it,” Chukwurah said.

On preparation for the Eid-el Kabir celebration, Mrs Chukwurah said the command would not relent on its efforts to ensure free flow of traffic on the highways within the command during and after the celebration.

She said the command had commenced the deployment of personnel to all flash points in the state to ensure continuous flow of traffic.

The commander also said that the corps was poised to have “all the rickety vehicles taken off the roads”.

“We have capable hands and equipment to ensure free traffic flow.

“I, however, urge motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations.”

(NAN)

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