by Stanley Azuakola
The new Lagos State traffic law which was supposed to take effect from this week, has been suspended for another week.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Friday said that this is to allow it carry out awareness campaign strategies. Hence, road users in Lagos have seven more days before they start getting arrested and fined or jailed for the violation of the new traffic laws.
The FRSC enlightenment officer, Jonas Agwu, who briefed journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, said that the campaign strategy will commence on Monday. This campaign strategy will involve persuasion and enlightenment of road users to obey traffic rules without the fear of sanctions and fines.
Hear him: “What we are doing for next is: can we retreat and say to Nigerians we are going to use the tool of education and see the extent to which we can get the buy in of everybody especially now that we have entered the critical season of the year which is the ember months period,” he said.
“We have said that in 2012 by God’s grace and with the support of our motoring public and our stakeholders we projected that we would be able to bring crashes to 30 percent down and fatality by 20 percent,” he added.
Agwu also said that the enlightenment campaign is geared towards ensuring that Lagos (and Nigeria) achieves the United Nations decade of action on road safety, and also towards realizing this year’s target of 30% reduction in deaths on the roads.