Mobile court in Rivers State has convicted 31 and discharged four suspects, whom the Federal Roads Safety Commission, FRSC, charged to it with various traffic offences.
Breaking the news yesterday in his Port Harcourt office, was the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Andrew Ayodele Kumupayi, in reaction to the efforts of his commission at ensuring
accident-free season in the ‘ember’ months, he stated that the suspects’ offences ranged from over speeding, lack of drivers’ licenses or fake ones, to non possession of fire extinguishers spare tyres, among others.
Indicating that the arrests were made mainly at Ahoada Local Government Area, LGA, on the East/West road, Mr. Kumupayi regretted that most road users often turned the express ways into racing grounds, the reason for high rate of fatal accidents there.
“Our records show that most of the fatal accidents that occurred on the East-West high way from Choba to Ahoda, were as a result of over speeding and we therefore, appeal to road users and general public, to drive within the approved speed limit (maximum of 100km/p/h, for cars, 60km/p/h for bus and 40km/p/h for trucks, lorries) to allow control of vehicles in case of any suddenness.
Disclosing that the ember month programme had just been flagged off by the zonal commander, Assistant Corps Marshal Bulus Dawang, the sector commander maintained that the essence of the programme was to minimise the
road accidents that usually occurred on the roads about this time, as well as curtail the excesses of road users.
“Again, we tend to use the programme to handle the issue of driving without licenses or fake licenses that usually occur in Port Harcourt roads. We also operate the zonal intervention programme, wherein we work side by side with mobile courts that have magistrates to try offenders.”
“We also conduct what is called the domesticated public enlightenment campaign where in we go to the churches, mosques, union meetings, traditional rulers, etc to enlighten them on the dangers of over speeding and urge them to ensure that road users maintain only approved speed limit while driving as well as ensuring that their vehicle are road
worthy: having functional wipers in their vehicles to avoid impaired sight when driving under the rain, traffic indicator lights, fire extinguisher, jack etc,” he disclosed.
Explaining their challenges, as it affected bad roads in the state, the Sector Commander observed that there were too many bad roads in the state, wondering what would have happened but for the bold steps taken by the state Governor Chief Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on road projects.

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