The Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos Sector Command on Sunday said it had observed with dismay the rampant use of phone by drivers on motion.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Olusegun Ogungbemide, in a statement on Sunday said the Corps had noticed a rising disregard of traffic and safety regulations, which forbid use of phone behind wheels.
According to him, traffic laws are for the safety of all road users and efforts should be made be all motorists to only do those things that can make them stay alive.
Ogungbemide said: “We have noticed rising rate of infractions in phoning or use of phone while driving, non-use of seatbelt, rickety vehicles that are not road worthy, lane shunting and general irresponsible driving culture.”
According to the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012 section 166 (1) on Use of Communication devices while driving: “No driver of a vehicle shall whilst the vehicle is in motion receive or make a telephone call in any form.”
It also states that: An instructor shall not make or receive telephone call in any form while supervising a learner undertaking driving lessons.”
The Regulations further states that a telephone call shall include:
* Sending or receiving oral or written messages
- Sending or receiving facsimile documents
Sending or receiving still or moving images
Accessing, surfing or browsing the internet.
The FRSC said: “The above traffic regulations are for our good.
“We have lost so many drivers and other innocent people due to distraction the use of phone caused them while on the road.
“Peace loving, responsible Lagosians and road users are also passing through a lot of pains due to the actions of these few who will not obey simple regulations to keep themselves alive.
“The Command cannot watch and allow these illegality to strive in a descent environment like ours, especially as we enter the peak period of the year.
“All Lagos State Commands of the Corps have been given the mandate to nip these recklessness in the bud by getting all forms of road misconduct apprehended.”