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Safety For All: FRSC Implements Mobile Courts For Traffic Offenders

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Motorists who violate traffic rules and are apprehended by officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, will now have a date in court for prosecution.

As part of a safety initiative for the festivities, the corps set up quick response for road incidences and the mobile court is part of that package.

Officials of the corps said that the measure is not punitive but would further deter people who before now would only be asked to pay fines for contravening traffic rules.

They also revealed that the enforcement of the mobile court seems to have more effect than ordinary patrol as people are scared of being taken to court, because they are aware that being convicted is a dent on their image.

One of the officials who spoke to Channels Television said: “It is part of our special patrol for the season we are in. We don’t just arrest people alone and make them to pay fines. Some of them behave in ways that are not tenable, so we bring them to the magistrate court, let them come and explain to the judge why exactly they did what they did.

“It is a way of cautioning them and sending a signal to other road users that it is not only about paying money for fines but by facing the law and getting penalized.”

The new system, according to the officials has seen close to 928 traffic offenders arraigned, while about 785 of them have been convicted, with 143 discharged by the court.

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