The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) will commence psychiatric test for traffic offenders in public hospitals across the country from July 1.
The corps marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi stated this in Abuja at the opening of a five-day capacity training for officers of the commission on non-motorised transport.
Oyeyemi who expressed concern over the poor attitude of motorists on highways said the psychiatric test will determine the level of sanity of drivers and bring about effective traffic administration in the country.
“We are worried about the continuous usage of phone while driving, traffic light violation, route violation and dangerous driving. These four offenses, as from 1st of July, we will resume the referral of all this class of offenders to various government hospitals to check on their mental state.
“You see, it’s an act of irresponsibility for somebody to be driving and be using phone, for a traffic light to stop you and you are jumping the line. Something is wrong somewhere.”
The FRSC corps marshal while urging the participants to make good use of the opportunity provided, said the commission was ready to promote the use of non-motorised transport to complement government’s effort at combating the effects of climate change.
“Nigeria is a signatory to the Paris Accord, so we need to reduce the depletion of the ozone layer. We need to take the emission control. There is no reason why I cannot ride bicycle from my house to the office. In Abuja, there is provision. There is cycling lanes, pedestrian lanes. That’s what I’m saying. So, we need to promote this, and it also is healthy. When you carry your bicycle, it is another form of exercise.”
Oyeyemi gave an assurance that the commission will continue to collaborate with stakeholders in the traffic sector to reduce road accidents in the country.