The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has ordered a clampdown on commercial and articulated vehicles without speed limiting device across the country.
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Mr Bisi Kazeem, in a statement on Sunday explained that Oyeyemi directed commanding officers to intensify the special operation targeted at offenders, adding that the operation was aimed at restoring sanity to the nation’s highways.
He said the operation had become necessary due to the rising cases and fatalities of speed related road crashes as well as drivers operating without valid drivers licences.
The Corps Marshal expressed dismay over incidents of fatal crashes caused by speed violation with most of the drivers failing to install speed limiting devices in their vehicles despite repeated warnings.
This, he said, was unacceptable to the FRSC management, adding that the decision had been taken to clampdown on violators.
He said offenders must be subjected to the fullest sanctions provided by law to serve as deterrent to others.
He further noted that records of road traffic crashes across the country as collated by the Corps since the beginning of the year indicated that over 50 per cent of the crashes were attributed to speed violations.
“During such special operations, all vehicles found to have violated the rules would be subjected to the fullest sanctions as provided by the law,” he said.
The FRSC boss stated that in the course of the special operation, drivers that were caught with fake, expired or forged drivers licences would have their vehicles impounded.
He, therefore, warned drivers to ensure that they operated with their valid documents, especially the drivers licence and vehicle papers to avoid having their vehicles impounded.