The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bayelsa Command says it arraigned no fewer than 187 traffic offenders in the last four months for violating various traffic regulations in the state.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Ikechukwu Igwe, who made this known on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, said that the courts convicted 135 of the offenders.
Igwe, however, said the courts gave the convicts an option to pay fines ranging from between N2,000, to N20, 000, depending on their offences.
“Between June and September, we have been able to arraign 187 persons through our mobile court, and out of the number arraigned, 135 were convicted.
“The most prevalence offences were worn-out tyres, speed violation, failure to install speed limiting device, failure to use seat belt, drunk-driving, and use of unlicensed vehicles among others.
“We have a special campaign on drunk-driving because apart from speeding, intake of drugs while driving has been a major concern, especially in this corridor,” he said.
Igwe, however, noted that more than 65 per cent of road traffic crashes were as a result of the speed limit violation and drunk-driving.
According to him, the speed limiting device is a strategic intervention on road traffic accidents.
“The use of mobile court is part of our enforcement strategy to reduce road traffic crashes not only in Bayelsa but across states of the nation.
“The mobile court is yielding result and we will continue to prosecute traffic law breakers in the state,” he said.
He also appealed to motorists in the state to adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations while driving.