The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Bisi Kazeem, has revealed to newsmen that at least 3, 000 offenders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been arrested for using mobile phones while driving.
This revelation was made by the PRO on Thursday, May 16 in Abuja.
He also confirmed that the arrests were carried out in the last 14 months.
Kazeem said, “It is actually a herculean task enforcing compliance with traffic rules. But the corps is up to the task and we are facing the challenge head-on.
“The FRSC personnel have been motivated and are 100 per cent committed to the task of ensuring that motorists comply with the directive on no use of phone while driving.”
The PRO also revealed that the FRSC had referred 4, 914 offenders to different government medical centers for psychological checkup from July 2017 to May 2019.
“Out of these referrals, a total of 85 offenders tested positive”, he said.
Kazeem said that the FRSC kicked against the act which is now frequent among drivers.
“This bad driving behaviour has over the years led to several crashes that have resulted in wanton loss of lives and even permanent disabilities in some instances.
“Due to this, it has been categorised among the most critical offences the corps is presently waging war against.
“This brings about the creation of the COBRA Special Unit by the Corps Marshal and the introduction of the Emotional Stability Test for drivers arrested using their phones while driving.” the PRO said.