The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Katsina State has issued a stern warning to motorcycles riders in the state regarding making and or answering calls while on road.
This was disclosed to Northern City News by the Katsina command’s public relations officer Abdullahi Ibrahim.
According to him, the FRSC officials not only patrolled the roads and highways on a daily basis to apprehend errant drivers, the commission has also embarked on various enlightenment /advocacy visits to mosques and churches to sensitize people about the dangers in attending to phone calls while driving.
He said, “The FRSC is aware of the distracted driving, that is attending to calls while driving as you rightly observed and we have been imposing fines of N4,000 on any offender caught.
“We have also been educating those caught on the risks and dangers inherent in engaging in such an act.
“We have also been going to mosques and churches to appeal to people on the dangers inherent in distracted driving.”
The FRSC stated that it was also partnering with telecommunications firms to further sensitive motorists on the dangers of distracted driving.
“Recently, we appealed to the Nigerian Communications Commission to appeal to the service providers to also join in the enlightenment campaigns to curb the trend.
Our sources investigation however reveals that despite the N4,000 fine by the Federal Road Safety Commission on violators, motorists and cyclists in Katsina State still make phone calls while driving.
It is common to see motorists violating the law in virtually all major roads in the state capital such as IBB Way, Mani road, Jibia road and Nagogo.
The act has on occasions led to road accidents at major junctions and roundabouts, especially at GRA, WTC and Kofa Kaura, all in the state capital.