Sallah: FRSC conducts eye test, arrests 4,983 traffic offenders

The Federal Road Safety Corps engaged 1761 drivers nationwide in a free and voluntary Eye Test during the 2018 Eid-El Kabir special patrol operations.

The free eye test which ran from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 26, 2018, was successfully carried out in collaboration with the Optometrists Association across the country.

According to the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, out of the total number of 1761 drivers tested by the optometrists, 350 drivers were discovered to have sight defects while 35 drivers went home with free eyeglasses.

Kazeem also revealed that a total of 4,983 offenders were apprehended over 6,097 offences committed across 2,360 routes covered by the Corps during the Sallah special patrol operations.

He said the most prevalent offence recorded during the period was Seatbelt Use Violation with 1,540 offenders apprehended.

Kazeem also revealed that a number of Mobile Court sittings were conducted across the country during the period.

A total of 102 persons were arraigned during the mobile court operations compared to 218 persons in 2017; while 99 offenders were convicted compared to 208 in 2017, and 3 persons were discharged and acquitted.

Corps Public Education Officer said the Corps recorded a significant increase in the number of people rescued without injury during the 2018 Eid El Kabir Sallah special patrol operations.

He said a total of 612 persons were rescued without injury as against 552 persons in the same period in 2017 representing 10.87% increase. Accordingly, the increase was as a result of improved patrol operations.

Quoting the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Kazeem stated that the Corps now has a wider coverage due to the establishment of more FRSC Commands, Outposts, Roadside clinics, and Zebra points that now feed in reports from different routes that were hitherto not thoroughly covered.

He stressed that the increase in the number of road crashes, persons involved, and persons killed were due to the reports that emanated from the new FRSC formations.

The positive changes in the reduction of offences and offenders can be attributable to the increase in public enlightenment, enforcement, traffic control, cooperation from stakeholders, and the fully automated process of obtaining drivers licence, Kazeem emphasised.



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