By Collins Yakubu-Hammer
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says plans are underway to compel visitors offenders to pay 100 thousand naira as penalty for a visitors offence.
Oyeyemi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Nigeria Road Safety Strategy on Wednesday in Abuja.
“You can’t arrest someone for utilizing a cellphone whereas driving and he pays 4 thousand naira as penalty. And virtually instantly he goes again to commit identical offence.
“Fines are purported to function deterrent, which is why I stated that I’m in help of what the National Assembly is doing presently amending the Act of the FRSC to make the fines go up.
“I used to be not the one which initiated it, it’s the National Assembly that initiated it and I’m in help and I’ll guarantee that earlier than the center of subsequent 12 months that is cross into regulation.
“I believe that by the time traffic offenders’ start paying between fifty to one hundred thousand naira for a single traffic offence, they will not want to commit such offence again,” stated.
The FRSC boss reiterated that penalties for visitors offences had been to function deterrent including that the current regime of fines and penalties don’t function deterrent, therefore the necessity to enhance the fines.
“Look at Lagos, the minimal wonderful is fifty thousand naira and persons are complying. I’m not a income producing company however once more we should make sure that these fines function deterrent for individuals to not do it once more
“When an offender pays fifty thousand or 100 thousand naira wonderful, she or he will assume twice earlier than committing the offence once more.
“What is the essence of an individual disobeying visitors gentle and pays 4 thousand naira solely. In truth, a few of them insult us saying ‘ is it not four thousand?’.
“They will go to our office and use the POS to pay and walk away and you will see them entering their cars and using the phone again,” he stated.
Oyeyemi defined that apart fines, the FRSC additionally take visitors offenders to well being amenities and courtroom of regulation.
He burdened that courtroom normally offers its personal penalty, “but the court is always liberal a bit; we appreciate them.”
He stated additionally that the corps was proposing group companies as a punishment for visitors offenders.
“This punishment can also be within the modification now; when you find yourself convicted, in your swimsuit and tie you’ll go for group companies.
“People assume that the fines are excessive however they appear to not perceive what we’ve got been stressing; fines are to function deterrent.
“If you don’t want to pay the fine, then don’t commit the offence,” Oyeyemi stated. (NAN)