The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has vowed to increase penalty for traffic lights offence in 2020.
It said the penalty would be increased from N4,000 to N50,000 to deter erring motorists and that offenders would also undergo an emotional psychological test, at a hospital, to determine if they were fit to drive.
This was stated by FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, in Abuja on Friday, during the first ‘ember month stakeholders forum’ organised by the FRSC in collaboration with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
Oyeyemi said he had proposed the increment to the Joint Tax Board.
He added that his men would continue to arrest and sanction motorists using phones while driving.
“You can’t hold the phone with one hand and drive with the other while using google map. That is distracted driving and the law is clear on that. When you stop people for traffic violations, their lawyers would write to you and threaten to sue.
“FRSC has 120 lawyers and I would recruit more next year; The level of violent reactions in this country is alarming.”
He added, “We have noticed the rising incidents of traffic light violations and so, we are going to increase the minimum fine to N50,000 from N4,000. Offenders would also undergo an emotional psychological test at the hospital to determine if you are fit to drive,” he said.
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