The Federal Road Safety Corps, South West Zone, says it has deployed 120 personnel with 10 patrol vehicles for its ‘Operation Crash the Crashes’ on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Mr John Meheux, the acting Zonal Commanding Officer, gave the figures at the inauguration of the operation at the Mowe, Ogun State Unit Command of the FRSC on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the one-week exercise will run till Sunday.
Meheux said, “A total of 120 personnel will partake in this one-week operation involving 10 vehicles, and of course the operation is strictly a motorised type of operation.
“The FRSC’s Operations Department in Abuja has identified some corridors in the six geo-political zones, where it observed high rates of road traffic crashes.
“The focus of this operation is to check speeding, which has been identified as one of the major causes of road crashes in Nigeria.
“The maximum speed limit on any Nigerian road is 100 kilometres per hour for any type of vehicle; of course, for trucks and others, you have lower speed limit.”
The zonal commanding officer said officials charged with the operations would ensure that motorists on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway adhered to speed limits.
“We have mounted some special instruments to check speeding at strategic locations. So, it is important for our drivers to know that all forms of speeding will be checked,” he said.
Meheux warned motorists using mobile phones as class symbol while driving to stop doing so, saying “all such infractions will be punished.”
He said the mobile courts had been empowered to try motorists who engaged in dangerous driving, overloading, and driving without valid driving licences.
Meheux urged the personnel who would be involved in this year’s exercise to make zero crash on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway their target, like they achieved in last year’s operation.
NAN reports that the FRSC had, last year, undertaken similar exercises, tagged ‘Operation Shield 1’ and “Operation Shield 2’, to check road crashes.
Also, Mr. Chidi Okwonta, the Lagos Sector Commander of the FRSC, said no motorist would be arrested for possessing the old valid driving licence during the operation.
“We will start its enforcement from July 1, 2014. And during this special patrol, our men are going to be using the I-pad tablets to verify on the spot whether driving licences are valid.
“They will confirm if they are in the Corps’ database and if they were validly produced. If it is fake, in addition to making sure the court tries you, we are also going to book you and you will pay for it,’’ he added.