FRSC proposes jail terms for drivers in road accidents - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, April 24, 2024

FRSC proposes jail terms for drivers in road accidents

The Federal Road Safety Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, has suggested imposing jail terms on drivers responsible for road accidents.

Biu made this proposal in response to recent avoidable crashes in Oyo, Kano, and Kaduna.

Biu, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja, stated that the FRSC has urged all state governments to prosecute these drivers rigorously for violating road laws.

He emphasised the need for stringent penalties, including jail terms without the option of fines, to deter reckless driving.

The Corps Marshal said, “We have written to all state governors to help prosecute drivers that are causing road crashes. We have received a letter from the Kaduna State government of its commitment to prosecute these drivers. We hope that other states will follow suit in directing their commissioners of justice or police so that the drivers who indulge or violate road rules are prosecuted.

‘In fact, we are advocating for a jail term without an option of fine so that by the time we have 50 jailed drivers, everyone will take caution. It is a collective effort.”

Furthermore, the Corps Marshal said FRSC was intensifying collaboration with the judiciary across all 36 states to expedite the trial of drivers involved in road accidents.

Biu noted that all offenders will face legal consequences to deter others from driving recklessly.

He noted, “Corps is already deepening ongoing collaboration with the judiciary across the 36 federation states for speedy trial of drivers involved in road traffic crashes.

“As such, all drivers and vehicle owners who cause crashes on the roads will face the wrath of the law, and this will serve as a deterrent to others who are recalcitrant and drive dangerously or recklessly on the road.”

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