No fewer than 146 people caught over traffic offenses have been arraigned by the Lagos State Traffic Management.
First News gathered that the offenders were arraigned before a Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (mobile) Court for various traffic offences committed in August 2022.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, made this known in a press release signed by the agency’s Director of Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq, on Saturday.
The statement quoted Oreagba as saying, “…77 offenders are being prosecuted for One-Way Driving, 5 for Willful Obstruction, 5 for Illegal Parking, 2 for Unpainted Commercial Vehicle, 5 for Wrongful Overtaking, 4 for Driving on Walkways/Kerbs, 6 for BRT Obstructions, 10 for Reckless & Dangerous Driving, 4 for Picking/Dropping Passengers at Undesignated Bus Stops and 5 for Disobeying Traffic Control Officers among others.
“Also, as part of our feedbacks mechanism, we attended and resolved various complaints from motorists via our complaints lines and social media handles
It is disheartening that despite the state government’s vigorous public enlightenment and advocacy campaign via various media outlets, including online sensitisation, on the dangers inherent in disobeying traffic rules and regulations, some recalcitrant drivers are still endangering the safety of other road users on Lagos Roads.”
The statement added, “The General Manager also revealed that all those arraigned by the Agency before the Lagos Mobile Court were found ‘guilty’ as charged after strong pictorial and video evidence tendered by LASTMA’s prosecution team.
“While urging all road users including commercial bus drivers to always drive with caution, particularly during these ‘Ember Months’, Oreagba disclosed that LASTMA will continue to strengthen its monitoring and enforcement team to apprehend Traffic Law violators.
“Also speaking, the Director, Legal Department of LASTMA, Mr. Akerele Kehinde Oseni maintained that the prosecution of the arrested owners/drivers of the 146 vehicles for various traffic violations will serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrants road users.
“Akerele, however, informed that the 146 impounded vehicles were later released to their respective owners after the verifications of receipts of their fine payment with other relevant documents.”