By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—A mobile court sitting in Owerri, Imo State, yesterday, sentenced 72 motorists to varying fines for allegedly flouting traffic offences.
The trial magistrate, Mrs. Chinyere Okereke, found the offenders guilty as charged and gave them fines ranging from N2,000 to N10,000.
The traffic offences ranged from overloading, dangerous driving, seat belt violation, light sign violation, as well as receiving calls while driving.
Speaking to journalists after the court session, the Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Halilu Haliru, reiterated the determination of his command to make Imo State safe for motorists during this festive season.
He said: “The Command adopts the prosecution of traffic offenders as a last resort, especially when we come across recalcitrant drivers.
While urging drivers to think safety during this Christmas and New Year season, the Imo FRSC boss appealed to passengers to resist the temptation of putting undue pressure on drivers.
Answering another question, Haliru said FRSC is not pleased with the carnage on Nigerian roads and quickly added that all stakeholders in the transport industry must be do their bit to reduce road traffic crashes.