By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia- Abia State Command of Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has said that in its effort to ensure sanity on the roads, a total of 234 offenders were charged to its mobile court within the last few months out of which 203 offenders were convicted of various traffic offences.

Sector Commander, Mr. Gilbert Igbokwe, said the commission has intensified its road patrol and vehicular inspection to ensure that motorists have their vehicles in good order for the ember months which he said usually witness increase in vehicular movements on the roads.

Giving a break-down of the convicts, Igbokwe said 70 persons were convicted for not fastening their seat belts, three were punished for assaulting his officers and men, 60 persons were convicted for not having fire extinguishers in their vehicles while 66 offenders were convicted for improper light systems.

According to the Sector Commander, the remaining persons were convicted for obstruction of his officers and men as well as for use of worn out tyres. One of the offenders was remanded in prison custody till next month.

Igbokwe explained that the commission lays emphasis on the use of seat belt because “it reduces the severity of the impact of a road accident”, just as he advised motorists to drive carefully this Christmas season as it is only those that are alive that will celeberate.

“My advice to motorists and other road users is that they must drive to stay alive. Useless driving always results to endless worry. Don’t be passive passengers; call the driver to order because only the living celebrates. Therefore, they must drive to stay alive”, Igbokwe cautioned.

On the reckless activities of Keke drivers in Umuahia and Aba metropolis, the Abia FRSC Sector Commander lamented the reckless manner they operate but explained that his men also track them down as the commission’s Mobile Court also try them.

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