FRSC To Charge Traffic Offenders N100, 000 Fine

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Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road
Safety Corps (FRSC) says plans are underway to compel traffic offenders to pay
one hundred thousand naira as penalty for a traffic offence.
Oyeyemi said this in an interview with the News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on
Nigeria Road Safety Strategy on Wednesday in Abuja.
“You cannot arrest somebody for using a phone while
driving and he pays four thousand naira as penalty. And almost immediately he
goes back to commit same offence.
“Fines are supposed to serve as deterrent, which is
why I said that I am in support of what the National Assembly is doing
presently amending the Act of the FRSC to make the fines go up.
“I was not the one that initiated it, it is the
National Assembly that initiated it and I am in support and I will make sure
that before the middle of next year this is pass into law.
“I believe that by the time traffic offenders’ start
paying between fifty to one hundred thousand naira for a single traffic
offence, they will not want to commit such offence again,” said.
The FRSC boss reiterated that penalties for traffic
offences were to serve as deterrent adding that the present regime of fines and
penalties do not serve as deterrent, hence the need to increase the fines.
“Look at Lagos, the minimum fine is fifty thousand
naira and people are complying. I am not a revenue generating agency but again
we must ensure that those fines serve as deterrent for people not to do it
again
“When an offender pays fifty thousand or one hundred
thousand naira fine, he or she will think twice before committing the offence
again.
“What is the essence of a person disobeying traffic
light and pays four thousand naira only. In fact, some of them insult us saying
‘ is it not four thousand?’.
“They will go to our office and use the POS to pay and
walk away and you will see them entering their cars and using the phone again,”
he said.
Oyeyemi explained that aside fines, the FRSC also take
traffic offenders to health facilities and court of law.
He stressed that court usually gives its own penalty,
“but the court is always liberal a bit; we appreciate them.”
He said also that the corps was proposing community
services as a punishment for traffic offenders.
“This punishment is also in the amendment now; when
you are convicted, in your suit and tie you will go for community services.
“People think that the fines are high but they seem
not to understand what we have been stressing; fines are to serve as deterrent.
“If you don’t want to pay the fine, then don’t commit
the offence,” Oyeyemi said. (NAN)
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