The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has warned drivers using fog lights especially at nights that they would be prosecuted. Isah Seidu, an Assistant Corps Commander in Ijebu-Ode Unit, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
He was speaking on the sideline of a road safety enlightenment campaign organised for commercial drivers at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye. Seidu said that fog lights could cause accidents. He said that the FRSC would not tolerate the use of fog lights, especially in the ‘ember’ months, when the corps members would be patrolling major highways on a 24- hour basis.
“It is a common occurrence during the night to see drivers abusing the use of fog lights which can cause the opposing driver to lose control.
“The excuse drivers give for this blunder is that fog lights enable long vision and gives a sense of security against night ambushes.
“However, this is very wrong as fog lights or ‘full’ headlights as is popularly called can distort the vision of oncoming drivers and pose the danger of crashes.
“We will not entertain any excuses. If your head lamps are bad, have them fixed or replaced. “The use of fog lights unnecessarily will now be enforced and I tell you that violators risk being fined up to N3, 000 or face jail terms if found guilty,” he said. Speaking on the enforcement of speed limit devices for commercial vehicles which began on Sept.1, the FRSC boss said the enforcement of the scheme was still being mellowed.
“The enforcement of the speed limiter devices on commercial vehicles has started since Sept. 1, but in a subtle way.
“Though we are not yet booking or giving fines, it is very important for drivers to embrace the scheme and have the device installed in their vehicles based on its benefits.
“The speed limiter guides the driver to conform to safe speed limits which helps to reduce the crash index ratio, fuel consumption and engine wear exerted by speeding.
” Seidu said that to ensure safety on the roads and to reduce crashes, drivers must undertake routine medical checks to ensure their fitness and also keep their vehicles properly maintained. He said that the age limit for anyone to stop driving or possessing a drivers’ licence was 70-years.
– Damilola Olaniyan with Agency Reports