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FRSC boss proposes jail terms for reckless drivers


Dauda BiuTHE Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Biu, has proposed jail terms for drivers responsible for road accidents.

Biu made the proposition in response to recent avoidable crashes in Oyo, Kano, and Kaduna states.

The reports that there were road crashes at Gaya Junction in Kano and Tashan Yari in Kaduna, which resulted in a total of 18 fatalities on April 18 and 19, 2024.

Also, there was a crash on the Oyo-Ogbomoso route that claimed 19 passengers on April 14, 2024.

Biu, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja, on Wednesday, stated that the FRSC had urged all state governments to prosecute drivers for violating road laws.

He stressed the need for stringent penalties, including jail terms without the option of fines, to deter reckless driving.

The Corps Marshal noted, “We have written to all state governors to help prosecute drivers causing road crashes. We have received a letter from the Kaduna State government of its commitment to prosecute these drivers. We hope that other states will follow suit in directing their Commissioners of Justice or police so that drivers who indulge or violate road rules are prosecuted.

“In fact, we are advocating a jail term without an option of fines, so that by the time we have 50 jailed drivers, everyone will take caution. It is a collective effort.”

The Corps Marshal further disclosed that the FRSC was intensifying collaboration with the judiciary across the 36 states to expedite the trial of drivers involved in road accidents.

Biu noted that offenders would face legal consequences to deter others from driving recklessly.

He noted, “The FRSC is already deepening ongoing collaboration with the judiciary across the 36 federation states for speedy trial of drivers involved in road traffic crashes.

“As such, all drivers and vehicle owners who cause crashes on the roads will face the wrath of the law, and this will serve as a deterrent to others who are recalcitrant and drive dangerously or recklessly on the road.”

He further noted a reduction in fatalities during the 2024 Easter and Eid-el-Fitr holidays, compared to the previous year, indicating progress in road safety fforts.

“During the 2024 Easter special patrol period, the corps recorded a reduction in fatalities as 33 victims were killed in 2024 against 81 killed in the same period in 2023. This represents a 59.3 per cent reduction.

“Similarly, during the Eid-El-Fitr special patrol, while the total number of people killed in 2023 was 59, those killed in the same period in 2024 reduced to 28, signifying a drop of 52.5 per cent,” Biu said

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