Friday, 16 June 2017

FRSC RELEASES GUIDELINES ON ENFORCEMENT OF PHSYCHIATRITC TESTS FOR TRAFFIC OFFENDERS


Arising from observed aggravating crashes and disobedient to road traffic laws and regulations, Management has taken a decision that as from 1st July 2017, some life threatening offences shall be viewed more seriously and offenders caught subjected to psychiatric examinations to determine their mental wellness. Those offences are:

a. Use of phone while driving;
b. Route Violation;
c. Traffic Light Violation
d. Dangerous Driving as well as overloading


In the enforcement of the law, such offenders shall have their driver’s licence withdrawn pending confirmation of their sanity or otherwise. In addition, the offender shall bear the full cost of such consultation which shall be at a recognised public medical facility. The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi who disclosed this IN Lagos while delivering a paper at the First Annual Lecture of CKN NEWS noted that this nation can no longer watch the lives and property of its citizens wasted by few nonconformists on the highways.

He said while FRSC cares; everyone must also care, because together, we must make the nation greater. “Let everyone plays their own part now,” he stated. According to him, there is the need for all motorists to exercise caution while using the road to avoid arrest, saying no violators of the identified offences would be exempted from the tests.

Oyeyemi further stated that the policy is not new to the FRSC; but suspended after some people raised certain ethical questions. On the procedure for enforcing the law, he noted that in the event that an apprehended driver has valid papers, the documents would be confiscated and would only be released to after the results of the test are released to determine the state of the mental wellness of the offender. He therefore, called on the drivers to operate with caution and avoid anything that could make them to be subjected to the regulations.

On the justification for reintroducing the tests, the Corps Marshal noted that the increasing wave of fatal crashes resulting from such offences made the reintroduction inevitable to serve as restraint to perpetrators of the act. He stressed that in the course of enforcing the law, the vehicle of the offender would be impounded while he would be sent to a recognized public medical facility for the tests, result of which will determine whether he would be allowed to continue to drive again or not. “The cost of the tests would be borne by the offender,” the Corps Marshal stated.

“This nation can no longer watch the lives and property of its citizens being wasted by few nonconformists on the highways. While FRSC cares; everyone must also care, because together, we must make the nation greater. Let each and everyone plays their own part now,” he further stated..

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