The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zonal Commanding Officer for Zone 10 Sokoto Dr. Kayode Olagunju has warned motorists and other road users on political campaign movements to desist from unsafe acts that put their lives at risk.
Assistant Corps Marshal Olagunju observed that many drivers in the Zone, comprising of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states attending political rallies drive dangerously, overload their vehicles with many hanging on top of the vehicles and some seated in the booths/trunks of the vehicles and often drive above the speed limits.
According to him, these acts, contrary to Section 10 of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007, result in avoidable injuries and loss of lives and property. The Commander stated that those violating traffic rules and regulations would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
In a press release signed by the Zonal Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Commander Aliyu Maaji, the Zonal Commander called on all road users to be safely conscious always and should abide by all safety regulations as only those that are alive can exercise their civic responsibility of voting during the elections. Olagunju also warned against the illegal act of concealing of vehicle number plates This illegal conduct, according to him, has both safety and security implications. Sections 10 (4) (h) and 10 (4) (s) of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 make it mandatory for Vehicle Identification Mark (Number Plates) to be conspicuously displayed on the vehicles.
The National Road Traffic Regulations (NRTR), 2012 in Sections 36 and 39 also make it an offence not to properly display vehicle identification number plates. The Zonal Commander stated that such vehicles will be impounded and the violators arrested and prosecuted accordingly.