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Break traffic laws, face the full weight of the law - DRTS

May, 2021 | By Kalu Emetu | ||

Laws are made to be obeyed; disobedience of the law will not go unpunished. This is the resolve of the management of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, (DTRS), whose mandate includes ensuring the free flow of traffic in the nation's capital city.

Speaking during his routine inspection in Abuja city centre, the Director, DRTS, also known as Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, Alhaji Wadata Dogo Bodinga said the Directorate enforces traffic laws and will always ensure that the right thing is done by bringing law breakers to book. "There is nothing like set free in our operations when it is evidently clear that you are on the other side of the law, you must be ready to face the full weight of the law." He further explained that all the efforts in the Directorate are in the interest of the society as they are aimed at saving lives.

The Director stated that the Federal Capital Territory Administration is not ready to compromise any of the mandates of the Directorate which is one of the ways of building public confidence that life is sacrosanct, and so much valued in the territory. Alhaji Bodinga explained that when a motorist runs a red light, which can be likened to a suicide mission, the first step will be to compel the person to go for an emotional evaluation for breaking such laws of the land. When this is done, as it will be expected, the person will be made to pay a certain fine which a court must have seen to be commensurate to the offence before he will be taken to the classroom for a two-week compulsory lecture before the vehicle will be released.

The Director insisted that the process is going to remain consistent until when residents and indeed Nigerians learn to respect traffic laws which he said is flagrantly disobeyed in the territory and appealed to every Abuja resident to support the government in its effort to make Abuja one of the best capital cities in the world as prescribed by the founding fathers. He used the opportunity to warn those operating illegal parks in different parts of the city to desist from it as it defaces the aesthetic features of the city.

Commercial motorcyclists, also known as Okada and tricycle operators were also reminded to ply their trade within non-prohibited areas. All these, he said are traffic offences which the Directorate will always meet with severe resistance. He noted that his men had been trained on the best ways to fight such enemies of the society. According to the Director, the proposed plan for commercial motorcycles and tricycles to bear side numbers has reached an advanced stage. He informed that the side numbers will explain their localised areas as they are not allowed to operate outside their registered areas of operation.

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