Wednesday 24 February 2016

There is need for compulsory #psychiatric test for motorists in #Anambra – #FRSC - DailyPost

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Anambra State Command, says traffic violators in the state would soon start going for psychiatric tests if the existing penalties failed to serve as deterrents.

The FRSC lamented that motorists violating the rule on one-lane traffic in the state were on the increase, hence, the need for compulsory psychiatric tests.

According to the Sector Commander of the Commission in the state, Mr. Sunday Ajayi, anybody driving against traffic seems to have something wrong with him.

While speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Awka, the state capital, Ajayi said, “We have equally identified especially in Awka that one-way or counter-flow or road violation, whichever way you understand it is on the increase and because of that, we have quickly engaged in robust enforcement to stop it.

“If the enforcement that we have put in place will not make effect, then we begin to introduce the issue of psychiatric check on drivers that are found committing this infraction.

“So, we want to say that anybody caught in this act will not be spared because we don’t want to be carrying corpses and injured people on our roads, because anybody driving against traffic seems to have something wrong with him,” the Commander added.

Ajayi said, “The decision of the federal government to introduce Speed Limiter Device is a good one and we have already commenced advisory enforcement on it, having realised that most of the crashes or more than 60 per cent of the crashes that occur on our roads is caused by over speeding.”

The commander said that the April 1 deadline for motorists to install the Speed Limiter Device in their vehicles remained sacrosanct while warning that enforcement would be total.

He, however, urged motorists to install the speed-limit device which has been introduced to check excessive speeding and curtail the spate of crashes.

“We are using this opportunity again remind the general motoring public, especially the fleet operators to get a vendor and begin to install speed limiter in their vehicles.

“By first of April 2016 the real enforcement will come,” Ajayi noted.

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