Traffic law offenders across the country would effect from July 1, 2017 be made to go through psychiatric test.
Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, of the Federal Road Safety Corps made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday, June 12, 2017 during the opening of a five-day training programme for 22 FRSC officials on traffic safety for non-motorised transportation.
The four key areas of violations which would attract the test are; use of phone while driving, beating traffic light, route violations and driving dangerously.
The move became paramount following endless violations of the traffic laws by drivers despite the efforts of the corps.
Oyeyemi said: “We are worried about the continuous use of phone while driving, traffic light violations, route violations and dangerous driving.
“We have invited the commanding officers for a strategic session on Friday. We will give them full directives to resume the referral of all these classes of offenders to various government hospitals for check of their mental state.
“I think it is an act of irresponsibility for somebody to be driving and be using phone or for a traffic light to stop you and you are jumping the line.
“It means something is wrong with your mental faculty. So, there is a need to examine this, to really check whether you are fit to drive, whether you have the mental capability to drive or not.
“The offender will bear the cost. When they confirm that he is fit, then he will go for retraining programme and pay the fine.”
While waving off that the move might be a means of revenue generation for the corps, Oyeyemi explained that the move is to instill a positive attitudinal change by motorists across the country.
The violations have led to countless unavoidable accidents which had in some cases claimed innocent lives.
He explained: “Fine is not the issue; the issue is we need a positive attitudinal change by Nigerians. We cannot continue to be having fatal crashes due to traffic light violations, people jumping the traffic lights, I think it is crass irresponsibility.”
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