The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Niger says 12 people have died in an accident on Sunday at Sawmill village along Mokwa -Makera road in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Lagos Sector Command has warned motorists using phones on wheels or be arrested .

The agency gave the warning on Sunday , saying that it has observed with dismay the rampant use of phone by motorists while driving on the road.

In a statement by the Route Commander Olabisi Sonusi Sector Public Education Officer, he stated that the Sector Commander of FRSC, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, said the corps had noticed a rising disregard of traffic and safety regulations which forbid the use of phone behind wheels.

According to him, traffic laws are for the safety of all road users and efforts should be made by all motorists to only do those things that can make them stay alive.

Ogungbemide said: “We have noticed rising rate of infractions in phoning or use of phone while driving, non-use of seatbelt, rickety vehicles that are not road worthy, lane shunting and general irresponsible driving culture.

“According to the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012 section 166 (1) on Use of Communication devices while driving states that- “No driver of a vehicle shall whilst the vehicle is in motion receive or make a telephone call in any form.

“An instructor shall not make or receive telephone call in any form while supervising a learner undertaking driving lessons. The Regulations further states that a telephone call shall include:Sending or receiving oral or written messages. Sending or receiving facsimile documents. Sending or receiving still or moving images. Accessing, surfing or browsing the internet.

“The above traffic regulations are for our good. We have lost so many drivers and other innocent people due to distraction the use of phone caused them while on the road.

“Peace loving, responsible Lagosians and road users are also passing through a lot of pains due to the actions of these few who will not obey simple regulations to keep themselves alive. The Command cannot watch and allow these illegality to strive in a descent environment like ours, especially as we enter the peak period of the year.

“All Lagos State Commands of the Corps have been given the mandate to nip these recklessness in the bud by getting all forms of road misconduct apprehended.”

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