FRSC Boss Proposes Jail Terms for Drivers in Road Accidents.

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The federal road safety corps marshal, Dauda Biu, has suggested imposing jail terms on drivers responsible for road accidents.

Biu made this proposal in response to what he described as avoidable crashes that happened recently in Oyo, Kano, and Kaduna states.

Biu, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, stated that the FRSC has urged state governments to prosecute these drivers rigorously for violating road laws. He said “We have written to all state governors to help prosecute drivers that are causing road crashes. We have received a letter from the Kaduna State government of its commitment to prosecute these drivers. We hope that other states will follow suit in directing their commissioners of justice or police so that the drivers who indulge or violate road rules are prosecuted.

In fact, we are advocating for a jail term without an option of fine so that by the time we have 50 jailed drivers, everyone will take caution. It is a collective effort.”

He emphasised the need for stringent penalties, including jail terms without the option of fines, to deter reckless driving.

The corps marshal said the FRSC was intensifying collaboration with the judiciary across all 36 states to expedite the trial of drivers involved in road accidents.

“The corps is already deepening ongoing collaboration with the judiciary across the 36 federation states for speedy trial of drivers involved in road traffic crashes.

“As such, all drivers and vehicle owners who cause crashes on the roads will face the wrath of the law, and this will serve as a deterrent to others who are recalcitrant and drive dangerously or recklessly on the road.”

He further noted a reduction in fatalities during the 2024 Easter and Eid-el-Fitr compared to the previous year, indicating progress in road safety efforts.

“During the 2024 Easter Special Patrol period, the Corps recorded a reduction in fatalities as 33 victims were killed in 2024 against 81 killed in the same period in 2023. This represents a 59.3 percent reduction.

“Similarly, during the Eid-El-Fitr special patrol, while the total number of people killed in 2023 was 59, people killed in the same period in 2024 reduced to 28, signifying a drop of 52.5 percent,” Biu said.

He noted that all offenders will face legal consequences to deter others from driving recklessly.

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