Independence Day: FRSC won't spare traffic violators

FRSC assured the motoring public of a free flowing traffic during the Independence day celebrations, and called on commuters to imbibe decent and safe driving behaviour.
Independence Day: FRSC won't spare traffic violators
FRSC officials

The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned Nigerians against the violating traffic law during the Independence Day celebration on Friday.

WuzupNigeria reported that the Federal Government on Wednesday declared a public holiday to mark Nigeria's 61st birthday anniversary on October 1.

In a statement released on Thursday, the FRSC urged motorists not to use the celebration as an excuse for lawlessness.

The force however "assured the motoring public of a free flowing traffic during the Independence day celebrations, and called on commuters to imbibe decent and safe driving behaviour while ensuring absolute compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines for travellers, during the country's 61th Independence celebrations holding across the country."

According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, "to achieve the set targets, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered the full deployment and participation of the Corps' personnel throughout the duration of the celebration, including active participation in the combined military and paramilitary parade in solidarity for the unity of the country."

He stated that the "opportunity of the occasion will be used to intensify the ongoing campaign for safe driving during the Ember Months, as he also revealed that aggressive sensitisation campaigns have commenced across all formations nationwide."

Speaking further on the end of the year campaigns, the Corps Marshal made public the theme for year 2021 Ember Months Public Enlightenment Campaign which is; 'Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels And Enjoy Quality Road Experience'.

To keep abreast with real time traffic situations across the country, as well as enjoy best road use and safety messages, he admonished all road users to always tune into the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM.

According to him, "road users are free to call in to report traffic situations like gridlocks, congestions, obstructions caused by broken down vehicles and other emergencies that could hamper free flow of traffic through the toll free number 122 or the Studio lines; 08052998090 and 09067000015 for prompt intervention."

While felicitating with the entire population of the motoring public on this year's celebration, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi "congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for his steadfastness, exemplary leadership and commitment to issues that borders on safety of lives and properties of all Nigerians."

He beckoned on the "motoring public to celebrate with caution, drive safe, and avoid any anti safety behaviour that could lead to avoidable crashes on our roads."

Oyeyemi also cautioned drivers to "celebrate within the arm bit of the law, avoid drunk driving and reckless driving, maintain physical distancing in the vehicle, provide sanitisers for all vehicle occupants, always maintain the legal speed limit, avoid dangerous driving and overloading of vehicles among others."

He warned that "Nigeria's Independence Day celebration is not an excuse for lawlessness and the Corps will definitely not spare any one caught violating traffic laws."

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