The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that there will be a mental check for every traffic offender in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. The sector commander of the Federal Capital Territory Command of FRSC, Corp Commander Wobin Goran, described traffic offenders as “mad people”.
Goran while speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, October 22, at the Stop At Red conference organised by Foundacion Exito Ltd/Gte said, over 7,000 motorists have been booked for emotional test and above 130 of the offenders who were asked to go for medical checks had their test result scome out positive to either drugs or alcohol.
“Honestly speaking what is eating deep into the bone marrow of Nigerians – both the rich and the poor – is beating traffic light at traffic light junctions,” Wobin said. He said:
“Whoever beats traffic light, I see that person as a mad man. A mad man in the sense that he is not bothered about the life of others, he is not even bothered about his own life. ” “Because when you’re beating traffic light, what that is telling me is that you are dangerous person,” the FCT sector commander said.
Decrying the fatality associating with beating traffic lights or engaging in dangerous driving, Wobin said the dangers of such acts have a ripple effect on families members of victims of road crashes, communities and the nation as a whole. Also stating that the neglect for traffic rules by most offenders is attitudinal, Wobin said: “What baffles me is that when a Nigerian goes to Benin Republic, Niger Republic; as soon as he steps foot in these two soils, he obeys traffic rules and regulations.” “But when he comes back to Nigeria, he starts misbehaving.
The question is, who is going to make your country work?” Wobin asked. Warning that the FRSC in Abuja has begun arrest of motorists who run the lights, Wobin said tickets will be issued to traffic light offenders.
He also said their vehicles will be impounded and after fines have been paid, the driver will be asked to check into a hospital for a psychological and emotional test. “If we don’t see that result, I can assure you your vehicle will remain with us. And if it elapses the six months given time, it will be auctioned,” he said.
The FRSC has said that motorists who beat traffic lights would be subjected to psychological tests. Source: UGC Wobin also cautioned against the use of phones, consumption of alcohol or illegal substances while driving. He also warned motorists against the use of one-way, overloading and all forms of dangerous driving within the FCT. Also speaking, the director of Foundacion Exito Ltd/Gte, Dominic Obozuwa, said Nigerians lack discipline in various issues of life. Obozuwa said for things to function in the country as expected, the people of Nigeria must work towards maintaining an orderly lifestyle.
The corps said over 7,000 motorists have been booked for emotional test Source: UGC Announcing that the press conference is a prelude to the #StopAtRed Rally which would hold on Thursday, October 24, Obozuwa said the walk – a 4.6km trek – would have people converge at the Unity Fountain. He said after an aerobics exercise of about 15 minutes led by the EattoLive, participants would walk through Shehu Shagari way, Gana Street junction, IBB Roundabout, British Council, Forte Oil, NCC, Transcorp Hilton and back to the Unity Fountain in Abuja.
He also said the #StopAtRed campaign is in line with achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 11 which seeks to achieve sustainable cities and communities.
Obozuwa further called on the federal government to government leaders at all levels to take decisive and firm steps towards making Nigerian roads and environment safe and secure. According to Obozuwa, sustainable cities can be built by prioritizing the safety and security of its citizens; the investment in the right traffic control and road traffic violation detection systems and apparatus as obtains in the western world.