Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on Wednesday night educated members of the Yoruba Tennis Club on the new state’s Road Traffic Law, saying the initiative was aimed at reducing the number of people being killed on the road through avoidable causes.
Fashola, who observed that although people had complained that the punishments in the law were very stiff, also argued that the sanctions were aimed at deterring extreme cases of misbehaviour by motorists.
The governor expressed surprise that there were complaints about the sanctions meant for non-compliance with the laws. He added that such complaints showed the mindset of some people who intended to flout the law.
He said, “Some offences in Nigerian laws carry the maximum capital punishment of death penalty, yet Nigerians have not cried to the high heavens that such provisions are draconian.
“If we promote safe behavior and compliance among ourselves, then we will be promoting safe behavior and compliance among those who look up to us and those who are still coming after us.”
Fashola argued that until the people resolved to develop a mind to abide by traffic rules, whatever strategy the government put in place might face a lot of challenges.
He urged members of the club to support the law in their various capacities as parents, employers and opinion leaders.
The governor said government on its part had provided 15,000 road signs across the state in addition to the 10,000 that was available before now.
He said the administration was working with the Judiciary to ensure that custodial sentences were the last resort if any sentence was to be passed on any culprit.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the club, Alhaji Femi Okunnu, said effective control of traffic and enforcement of the law was the solution to intractable problem of traffic bottlenecks in the state.