Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has called on the Federal Road Safety Commission to arrest and prosecute any government official, who violates traffic regulations in the state.
Oshiomhole gave the advice in Benin on Monday, at the commencement of the FRSC nationwide public enlightenment awareness campaign programme.
The governor, represented by his Executive Director, Protocol, Mr. Agharese Idubor, said the campaign was apt at this time of the year when the volume of traffic on most roads was expected be high.
He commended the commission’s concerted efforts, with its several programmes, aimed at reducing road crashes and ensuring that the highways were safe to travel on.
Oshiomhole said that because Edo was also committed to ensuring safety and sanity on its roads, it established the Edo Traffic Management to complement the efforts of the FRSC in the state.
He, however, told journalists that his administration “believes that nobody is above the law when it comes to obeying traffic laws in the state.”
He said, “Nobody is exempted from obeying traffic laws and everybody irrespective of his status in government is expected to be responsible in obeying constituted authority and laws.
“I encourage the FRSC to arrest and prosecute any government official, who flouts traffic laws.”
Earlier, the Edo State Sector Commander, Mr. Kenneth Nwaegbe, described the weeklong programme as “a nationwide event.”
He said the highlight of this aggressive public enlightenment was that our patrol men would render free safety vehicle checks for motorists with zero enforcement and booking.
Also speaking, the Zonal Commanding Officer of Zone RS5, Mr Wole Olaniran, urged motorists, especially members of the road transport unions to ensure that they were adequately informed of the basic traffic rules.
Olaniran said that the command had identified that most accidents were caused by recklessness and road misbehaviour.
He listed some of the misbehaviour to include overloading; excessive speed; dangerous overtaking; obstructions, fatigue and use of drug and alcohol, while driving and non-usage of seat belts, among others.