The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has cautioned motorists in the state to adopt a change of attitude, warning that the authority will no longer be merciful to traffic law violators.
The General Manager of LASTMA- Mr Olajide Oduyoye, gave this warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos while highlighting the authority’s agenda for the year.
“What we are looking at this year is for the citizens of Lagos and the motorists, including passengers, to understand that the issue of violating traffic laws is going to be totally unacceptable.
“It is time for a change of attitude. Passengers should not encourage recalcitrant drivers to do the wrong thing on the road because there will be no mercy when they are caught doing the wrong thing.
“Most especially those offences that impinge on the safety of other road users. For example, driving against traffic, speeding, parking on walkways which forces pedestrians to walk on the carriageway as opposed to walking on walkways,” he said.
The LASTMA boss said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had been on the side of the authority to “seriously and steadily” tackle the problem of traffic gridlock in the state.
According to him, Sanwo-Olu has empowered a crack team named Special Traffic Management Team, comprising all law enforcement agencies in the state and being spearheaded by LASTMA to deal with gridlocks.
He said that the traffic enforcement team headed by LASTMA comprised the Lagos State Neighbourhood Corps, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, and the Kick Against Indiscipline.
Oduyoye added that the team also included the Nigerian Police Force and OP MESA.
“This crack team will deal with all the menace of environment nuisance and traffic gridlock. The governor has also provided means of transportation for the officers to move from point to point.