The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that the FCT Sector Commander, Ayuba Gora, was misquoted when he purportedly said it was a “serious traffic offence” for a driver to use Google maps on a mobile device while driving.
The corps made this known in a statement signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem and made available to the media.
A barrage of criticisms had followed Gora’s comments.
But Kazeem said that the FCT sector commander was “quoted out of context on the use of google map app while driving.”
He disclosed that FRSC “as a technology-driven organisation is not and has never stood against the use of google maps by motorists.”
“We have always enlightened the public on the position of the law on use of phone while driving which the Sector Commander tried to emphasize during the flag off.”
The statement read in part, “The Corps wishes to state that the Sector Commander must have been misquoted and his statement outrightly misrepresented because the Federal Road Safety Corps as a technology-driven organisation is not and has never stood against the use of google map by motorists.
“To state the obvious, we have always enlightened the public on the position of the law on use of phone while driving which the Sector Commander tried to emphasize during the flag off. The statement he made during the flag off buttresses the position of the Corps, which is that any driver who intends to deploy the use of Google map while driving must have it set on the phone before embarking on the journey, not while the vehicle is already in motion as this could be dangerous to the driver and other road users, and can lead to road traffic crash.
“We say this because, available records have shown that use of phone for whatever purpose; be it text, voice calls, chats, browsing, setting google map to find location etc while driving could be distractive and can easily lead to loss of concentration. This has led to many road traffic crashes with attendant loss of lives and properties.
“On the strength of this, the Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to reiterate its position on use of phone while driving as a dangerous and hazardous road traffic behaviour which has led to unwanted and avoidable road crashes.
“We, therefore, call on all motorists who intend to deploy the use of google map on their phone especially during the festive season when traffic density is high, to activate such before setting the vehicle in motion so as to ensure 100 per cent concentration on the wheels.”