Lagos FRSC command warns against use of phone while driving

Lagos FRSC commander Olusegun Ogungbemide

The Lagos sector command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has observed with “dismay” the rampant use of phone by motorists while driving on the road.

Sector commander of FRSC Olusegun Ogungbemide in a statement on Monday by the sector spokesman Olabisi Sonusi 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 by all motorists to only do those things that can make them stay alive.

Mr Ogungbemide was quoted to have said on Sunday: “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 states that ‘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 above traffic regulations are for our good,” he added.

Ogungbemide said FRSC officers have been mandated to stop the trend.

“All Lagos State Commands of the Corps has been given the mandate to nip this recklessness in the bud by getting all forms of road misconduct apprehended,” he said.