The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, Wednesday said reckless drivers killed at least 74 of his officials in the last 18 months across the country.
Speaking at the Haulage and Logistics Magazine Annual Conference and
Exhibition held in Lagos, he said: “In the last 18 months, I have lost about 74 lives. We will not stop at ensuring the prosecution of those errand drivers. It is my responsibility to ensure the safety of my personnel on the highway. So, if you knock down my personnel and you are running away, I will go after you.”
Boboye said the commission was advocating an upward review of fines payable by users of mobile telephones while on the wheels.
He said that a minimum fine of N50, 000 to N100,000 would serve best as deterrent to defaulters rather than the paltry sum being currently imposed.
He said: “Already there are efforts before the National Assembly to jerk up the fine payable for a phone user while on the wheels. What is currently obtainable cannot do the work, but when you have to pay N50, 000 to N100, 000 for using your phone while driving, then we will get somewhere.”