The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) releases Procedures for the proposed Psychiatric examination of traffic offenders in Nigeria.
Marshal, Dr Boboye Opeyemi, had on Monday dated, 12th of June, told the press in Abuja that the test is fast approaching and would commence nationwide on July 1, 2017.
According to the procedures issued by the Corps’ Public Education Officer, Mr Bizi Kazeem, the examination will cover life threatening traffic offences which are familiar in the country.
The identified and familiar offences are the use of a phone while driving, route violation, traffic light violation, dangerous driving, unnecessary speed and overloading of passengers.
Kazeem (MARSHAL) said that offenders would have their driver’s licenses seized pending verification of their sanity or otherwise.
He further explained that violators of traffic rules would bear the full cost of the fast approaching examination.
The move stem to sprout from observed aggravating crashes and disobedience to road traffic laws and regulations.
“Nigeria can no longer withstand the lives and properties of its citizen wasted by non-conformists on the highways and express road,” he quoted the Corps Marshal as saying.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Boboye will be expected to meet with commanding officers of the Corps in Abuja to draw up strategies for the exercise.
Nevertheless, some Abuja residents have lauded the FRSC for the action which they said, was overdue.
Miss Ngozi Okafor, a Civil Servant, said the behaviours and actions of some motorists on the road, Abuja in particular, called for a check on their mental state.
Abuja is a place where the roads are too wide enough for motorists, yet, they prefer to drive on sidewalks meant for pedestrians.
“Security agents and private vehicle owners are not left out in this mess. I hope the FRSC will have the courage to also subject them to psychiatric test,” she said.