296 motorists fail FRSC test out of 305 arrested

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday said it had arrested 305 motorists for 345 life-threatening traffic offences since the launch of its Operation Cobra on July 1.

The Corps Marshal of the agency, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in Abuja, said nine of the arrested offenders passed the psychological test administered on them.  According to him, this proves that their actions were as a result of willful violation of regulations.

Oyeyemi who spoke at a one-day national workshop organised by the FRSC for driving school operators reiterated the commitment of the FRSC to enforce the new policy of subjecting life-threatening traffic law offenders to psychological test.

He said actions of such violators were deviation from the true nature of Nigerians as a “cultured, disciplined and enterprising people who have faith in life and those of others’’.

Operation Cobra is a new road safety enforcement policy of the FRSC designed to subject violators of certain traffic offences to mental stability evaluation.

These offences include traffic light violation, the use of cell phone while driving, dangerous driving, route violation and overloading.

Oyeyemi said the policy put in place as a result of the rising incidence of the stated offences, adding that investigating the mental stability of violators would help to check the trend.

He said the agency could not shy away from its responsibility of checking the lawlessness of road users.

According to him The Corps is working with the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Nigeria Psychological Association to ensure fairness in carrying out the new policy.

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