Motorists are urged to corporate with the traffic managers.
The Lagos State Sector of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), on Friday said it had deployed 2,500 of its personnel to all roads in Lagos metropolis for the Easter celebration.
The Sector Commander, Nseobong Akpabio, said in Lagos that the personnel were deployed mostly on Lagos-Ibadan, Lekki-Epe, Lagos-Abeokuta, Oshodi-Mile 2 and Lagos-Badagry Expressways.
“We have commenced our activities since March 25, not waiting till today because we know that the roads will be busy throughout the week for preparations for Easter. We have provided 38 branded vehicles and 28 Special Marshals to complement the efforts of the regular marshals. The personnel will work for 18 hours daily and the remaining six hours will be utilised by the standby patrol teams,” Mr. Akpabio said.
According to him, the personnel are to ensure free flow of traffic, check speed violation, dangerous driving, use of handsets while driving and overloading.
Other offences, he said, were failure to carry passengers’ manifest for commercial drivers, use of seat belts and use of good tyres for all motorists.
Mr. Akpabio added that the commission would be working with the National Emergency Agency (NEMA), in case of an emergency situation. He, however, expressed optimism that motorists would comply with Traffic Managers on the roads to reduce crashes to the barest minimum.
Babatunde Edu, the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), also said that the management had fully deployed its personnel on the roads for safety during the period.
“The essence of full deployment is to mitigate problems from happening and we are going to be proactive. We are going to work as if it is a normal business day because safety does not go on holidays. We shall try to control motorists and traffic to avoid accidents and traffic gridlocks,” he said.
He urged motorists to cooperate with the LASTMA personnel and obey traffic rules during the Easter festivities, to avoid being arrested.