Respect traffic codes or face punishment – FRSC warns Jigawa motorists


From Fatima Bukar, Abuja
The Federal  Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has warned Jigawa motorists to desist from violating traffic codes or face severe punishment.
The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Angus Ibezim, told reporters in Dutse on Tuesday that his organisation will soon embark on advocacy and public enlightenment campaigns to sensitize motorists on the  need to respect traffic rules especially compliance with traffic light signals.
‘‘Traffic lights are signaling devices positioned at road intersections, pedestrian crossing and other locations, to control traffic flow. ‘‘Traffic light also helps in reducing the man-hour, as well as reducing the hazards being faced by traffic control officers.
‘‘The government has made huge investment by installing the signal devices, as such expects road users to abide by the signs of traffic lights,’’ he said.
He attributed violation of traffic rules to the deviant behavior of recalcitrant drivers, who blatantly displayed impatience.
According to him, the command will take measures to ensure compliance by motorists and other road users, by ensuring the imposition of the N2, 000 penalty on violators, as prescribed by the law.
‘Violation of traffic light attracts fines of N2, 000 in accordance with section 10 (4) and 28 (2) of FRSC Establishment Act.
‘‘In some cases, an offender is made to undergo mental stability test as a way of examining his state of mind, and to advice on whether he should be allowed to continue driving or his licence be suspended,’’ he said.


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