ASABA/Nigeria: Delta State Traffic Management Authority Director-General, Mr Stephen Dieseruvwe, has called on motorists and other road users to be safety conscious at all times to avoid accidents on our roads.
Mr Dieseruvwe made the call when some individuals were held for various road traffic offences and were brought before a Mobile Traffic Court set up around the Delta State House of Assembly Complex fence along Okpanam road in Asaba.
During the Mobile Court trial of the traffic violators, it was observed that seat belt violation recorded highest offenders amongst the other offences such as illegal coverage of vehicle number plates, violation of traffic lights and driving against traffic.
While the DG DESTMA fielded questions from the press, he stated that the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan had made it mandatory that the Mobile Traffic Court would be a continuous exercise and that those flouting traffic laws at will, should have a rethink or face the consequences of their actions.
He further added that motorists should always endeavour to avoid alcohol and drug in-take, saying it could make them drowsy and alter their sense of judgment and coordination, adding that such could bring about driving insanity and avoidable accidents.
The DESTMA DG advised motorist to always obey traffic Rules and Regulations as well as to observe traffic road signs in order to avoid road crashes that could lead to injuries and sometimes death.
The Director of Land Transport, Engr Augustine Odiete ,the Director of Operations(D.O) DESTMA, Navy Commander Sam Idah (Rtd), as well as the Director of Vehicle Inspection, Engr. Ezonebi Oyakemegbegha and the Nigerian Police were all effectively engaged in the exercise of controlling and directing traffic as well as looking out for traffic offenders.
The Senior Magistrate in-charge of the Mobile Court, Mr John Ezewanli, advised offenders to always respect the court, as the canopy used in representing the court, should not be adjudged as a factor to disregard the power and competence of the court.
At the end of the exercise, 21 persons were charged for various traffic offences that attracted fines ranging from N3, 000 to N5, 000 depending on the gravity of the traffic offence.
Some vehicles owners caught in the web of traffic violations during the exercise cut across all strata of the society such as the Clergy, the Police, Civil Servants, business individuals and some government officials.