The Federal Road Safety Corps, Zone Six, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has prosecuted 30 traffic offenders in Akwa Ibom.
The traffic offenders were prosecuted as part of the exercise marking the inauguration of the corps’ 2015 ‘ember months’ campaign along Itu-Calabar Highway, Akwa Ibom State.
Zone Six Commander, Mr. Bulus Darwang, who spoke with journalists recently , said the 30 road traffic offenders were arrested and prosecuted by the mobile court.
He added that the action of FRSC would serve as deterrent to lawless drivers as the command would not put up with any reckless driving during the period.
Dawang, who spoke on the theme, ‘Operations Sanity: Drive into 2016 Safely’, mentioned that out of thetraffic violators, only one person who pleaded not guilty was likely to be remanded in prison custody to prove his innocence while 29 others had been made to pay fines depending on the degrees of offences they committed.
He listed offences committed by motorists and commercial drivers to include driver’s licence violation; dangerous driving; overloading; seat belt violation; use of mobile phones while driving; use of worn-out tyres; number plate violation, and more.
“We want to ensure that we mitigate or reduce the number of road traffic crashes during these ember months and even beyond.
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“There are also cultural activities that always take place during the ‘ember months,’ like marriages, house warming; and because of these, there are crisscrossing of human traffic across the country.
“These have always resulted in road traffic crashes with the attendant fatality. And this is why we flagged off this campaign to ensure that we reduce road traffic crashes to the barest minimum,” he said.
The Zone Six Commander added that the campaign would continue till the end of 2015 and beyond, even as he noted that the commencement was just an initiative to ginger the command to start the campaign.
One of the drivers, Mr. Amaechi Chika, who was arrested and prosecuted for traffic offences, stated that he was travelling from Calabar to Benin when he was apprehended for dangerous driving.