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Oyo clamps down on errant drivers, cyclists

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WORRIED by accidents’ rate in Oyo State, the state, through Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), on Monday, announced that commercial motor drivers with more than one passenger on the front seat as well as cyclists with more than one passenger would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted for violation of Oyo State Road Traffic Law.

The chairman of the authority, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, who made this disclosure in Ibadan while addressing journalists, said the number of accidents attributed  to overloading in recent time, has risen.

While calling on all motorists to comply with the state Road Traffic Law (2019) that compelled motorists not to take more than a passenger at the front, while commercial motorcyclists were also to take a passenger with compulsory use of crash helmet, he said the state could not afford the risk of the lives of the citizenry because of the lawlessness of some traffic operators.

According to him, “owing to the significant number of motorcycle-related road crashes recorded in the state in the last two quarters of the year,  it has become imperative  to fully and strictly implement the portion of the state Road Traffic Law 2019, which clearly stipulates that all motorists and motorcycles operating within the state should not at any point in time carry more than one passenger and must as well utilise the crash helmet.”

Adding, “in the best interest of citizens of Oyo State, particularly as the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration is committed to the security of lives and property of the people, the governor has directed, through OYRTMA that all commercial motorists and  motorcyclists must adhere strictly to the traffic law on the number of passengers to load,  to avoid accident”,  he stated further.

The OYRTMA boss reiterated the readiness of the state administration to put any offender caught violating the law through the legal process to serve as deterrence to others.

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