Oyo to prosecute 25 over drunk driving

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No fewer than 25 folks caught driving inebriated are to be prosecuted by Oyo State authorities.

This follows the latest choice of the federal government to conduct alcohol breath take a look at on any driver that violated visitors rules within the state, particularly in the course of the ember months, to regulate the speed of street carnage.

The Oyo State Highway Transport Administration Authority (OYRTMA) introduced this on the Operational Headquarters of the Authority on the weekend in Ibadan, the place its Government Chairman, Dr Akin Fagbemi posited that the arrest of the drunk-drivers was in tandem with the mandate of the Authority in its steady bid to curb avoidable street crashes occasioned by the reckless driving tradition of drunk drivers of each industrial and personal automobiles.

“Between 2000hours-2300hours of Friday, 27th December 2019 solely, we impounded about 5 trailers and three vehicles whose drivers have been both caught consuming alcohol whereas driving or driving whereas already drunk alongside the Ring-Highway, Iwo-Highway, Moniya and Ogbomoso axis of the State.

“This was made attainable with assistance from our fashionable cease and take a look at alcohol detection gadget offered by the State Authorities. Let or not it’s identified that for a number of months, we now have carried out an in depth marketing campaign towards drunk-driving in Oyo State in each digital, social, print and non-print media channels earlier than the start of the ember months and this festive interval.

We’ve warned all drivers throughout the State, irrespective of how extremely positioned to shun the deadly temptation of consuming alcohol and driving, as this had been recognized as an act able to inflicting deadly street crashes that usually occasions not solely have an effect on the drunk drivers but additionally harmless passengers and different street customers, notably youngsters, ladies and different weak within the society.

“It was in lieu of the foregoing that we introduced the graduation of our Particular Operations ‘Stop and Test’ to establish if a driver suspected to be driving towards visitors, over-speeding, making unlawful U-turn, unlawful parking, making telephone calls or driving recklessly on the highways was drunk or beneath the uncontrollable affect of alcohol or its derivatives and shut substitutes,” Fagbemi mentioned.

He disclosed additional that the twenty-five people accused of drunk-driving would from at present (Monday) be charged to the Cellular Justice of the Peace Courtroom of the State Authorities for honest listening to and anybody confirmed responsible could be disciplined based on the dictates of the State’s enabling legal guidelines and visitors guidelines.

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