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FRSC prosecutes 19,626 traffic offenders in 2015 – Report

Boboye-Oyeyemi-3The Federal Road Safety Corps said it prosecuted 19,626 suspected traffic offenders across the country in 2015, using 517 Mobile Courts.
The corps 2015 annual report, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, said out of the figure, 17,798 were convicted, while 1,828 were discharged.
The report said the suspected offenders were arraigned for 24,608 offences.
“The most prevalent offences were seatbelt use violation, use of phone while driving, overloading violation, driver’s licence violation and caution sign violation,” said the report.
It said the corps adopted the deployment of Mobile Courts to major highways for speedy trial of suspected offenders to serve as deterrent to prospective road traffic rules violators.
The report said Section 10 (8) and (9) of the FRSC Act empowered the corps to prosecute offenders through Magistrates’ Courts and Special Courts.
It said as part of efforts by the FRSC to re-strategise its enforcement drive and sensitisation, the corps had embarked on reforms of its enabling laws.
The report listed those laws as the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 and National Road Traffic Regulations (NRTR), 2012.
It said that was being done in collaboration with relevant agencies and stakeholders, including the National Assembly, Federal Ministries of Justice, Works, Power and Housing.

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