The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, says the Corps will embark on aggressive enforcement of traffic regulations in 2021 and beyond.
He gave the assurance in a statement issued by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem, on Sunday in Abuja.
According to Oyeyemi, this is sequel to the mass return movements of road users from the end of the year activities, coupled with the review of the operational activities of the FRSC, as part of the end-of-year special patrol into 2021.
He noted that the Corps had identified three major traffic offences which needed to addressed in the new year.
He listed them as excessive speeding, vehicles’ overloading and non-adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, both in vehicles and at motor parks.
Oyeyemi said that the identified traffic offences were the outcome of the review of crashes and fatality rates recorded during the Christmas and New Year operational activities by the Corps.
He vowed that the FRSC would remain unrelenting in its commitment to achieving the goals of the “Safer Road Environments” in the new year and beyond.
Oyeyemi stressed that the identified offences would form part of the core areas, which the FRSC patrol teams would beam their operational searchlights on in 2021.
He noted that excessive speeding played a central role in most of the fatal crashes recorded during the festive periods, adding that enforcement of speed limiting devices would, therefore, not be compromised in the new year.
Oyeyemi pointed out that the Corps would not condone overloading of vehicles with goods and passengers as well as non-adherence to the COVID-19 protocols in terms of social distancing.
“The Corps is worried that with the threats of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and across the world, everyone must be made to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF).
“Everyone should obey all the traffic rules and regulations in the interest of our collective safety and public health,” he said.
He warned motorists to desist from all traffic violations that could endanger their lives and those of other road users, adding, however, that the FRSC was impressed with the orderly conduct of some of the drivers in its New Year operations.
He, therefore, urged such drivers to sustain their good driving habits for the safety and security of all road users and members of the public.
Oyeyemi reassured members of the public that the FRSC would remain vigilant on the nation’s highways, as travellers were returning to their respective stations after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
He urged motorists to show consideration for the wellbeing of other road users, just as he wished all Nigerians a safe and prosperous new year.