The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to drive safely by obeying traffic rules so as to save their loved ones from the agony of grieving during festive periods.
The FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer for Ogun and Lagos, Shehu Zaki, gave this advice during a sensitisation programme for motorists at Mowe/Redeemed Camp on Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.
Mr Zaki, who was represented by the FRSC Ogun Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, advised motorists to avoid night travelling for safety purpose.
“Celebrations cannot be completed if you dont arrive safely, please spare your loved ones the agony of grieving this festive period.
“Do not risk your life to travel, if possible avoid night journey and do not make this year travelling home a matter of life and death,” he said.
Also speaking at the forum, the FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander, Hyginus Omeje, advised drivers to shun drunk driving.
Omeje noted that more breathalysers have been deployed to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway corridor to detect any motorist driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous substance.
According to him, any driver caught or tested positive for alcohol while driving on the highways would have his car impounded till 2018.
“We now have more breathalysers to test more motorists on the road at this festive period.
Omeje also appealed to the drivers to avoid dangerous driving, overloading, speeding and the use of expired tyres.
The Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Abiodun Olusegun, Obafemi Owode Egba Branch, gave kudos to the corps over the periodic enlightenment given to the members of the union.
Mr Olusegun said that both the executives and the leaders of the union have taken it upon themselves to sensitise their members on safety on a weekly basis.
According to him, the union members are now obeying the traffic rules and regulations now than ever before.