Written by Sarah NEGEDU, Emmanuel Ogbeche

Traffic violation: 5 directors, 118 others undergo psychiatric test

At least five directors and other high rank public servants were last week, arrested for various traffic offences and made to undergo psychiatric evaluation, the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services commonly known as VIO has disclosed.

The director of the service, Mr. Wadata Bodinga, said the arrests were part of an enforcement exercise carried out last week where a total of 123 traffic violators were arrested and 110 of them convicted.

Bodinga, over the weekend, stressed that the exercise was part of the resolve of the DRTS to apprehend anybody who drives against traffic no matter how highly placed.

He noted that the enforcement would continue until motorists abide by traffic rules and regulations in the territory.

The DRTS boss explained that fines ranging from N30,000 to N40, 000 were imposed on the offenders, after subjecting them to psychiatric test before their trial before the FCT mobile court.

He said the FCTA was not only determined to prosecute traffic offenders but equally ready to name and shame them.

“So far in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, we have arrested and prosecuted about 123 from Monday to Friday and we are still counting.

“On Saturday we are going to operate at Wuse market because we want the message to be sent to the general public. If people abide by traffic rules themselves, we don’t really need to go out for enforcement.”

He appealed to motorists to key into the noble policy of the FCT administration to ensure that the city was sanitised, to enable people move freely and safely.

Bodinga explained that though the primary target of enforcement was to curb traffic violation, however, other aspects of regulations like vehicle inspection and validity of documents were included.

On his part, Malam Abubakar Sani, Special Assistant on Media to the FCT minister, said that measures taken by the administration was not punitive or targeted at any particular class of society.

Sani debunked insinuations that enforcers of traffic rules had not apprehended certain class of people in the society like governors or ministers convoys.

He assured that the enforcers of traffic rules in Abuja were looking out for high profile personalities and as soon as they violated the law, would be apprehended and prosecuted.

According to Sani, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, since assumption of office during his first tenure, set a good example by ensuring that his convoy obeyed traffic rules and had never beaten the traffic to date.

Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, Acting Director, FCT Department of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, said the only vehicles allowed to beat traffic were ambulances on emergency, and or fire service truck responding to distress calls.

“Apart from those vehicles, no matter how highly placed you are, if you drive against traffic, you will be arrested and prosecuted because no normal human being will see red light and move,” Ahmadu said.



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