By Christopher Oji
Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has impounded 10 vehicles on Muritala Mohammed International Airport Road, for driving against traffic, just as it vowed to prosecute drivers of vehicles impounded for plying one way, in addition to the forfeiture of such vehicles.
The Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, was leading his team on a routine enforcement of traffic law in the metropolis when he ran into some of the vehicles driving against traffic on Airport Road, on Friday night.
Further waiting in the area by the team led to the seizure of more vehicles bringing the total to 10.
Expressing surprise about the unending attitude of some motorists still driving against the traffic, in view of the impound and auction policy of the State government, Jejeloye noted that, “forthwith, Taskforce would start prosecuting drivers of vehicles impounded for one way.”
He said it was appalling that despite the seizure of vehicles and auctioning them, after obtaining court order, a lot of motorists still drove against traffic, stressing that the agency would implement the Traffic Law on driving against the traffic completely.
Jejeloye noted that it has become necessary to, forthwith, begin the arrest and prosecution of drivers of vehicles impounded for driving against traffic, because of the unyielding stance of many motorists still caught in the act.
“It is disturbing that you still find many highly enlightened motorists driving against traffic, just like the uneducated ones.
In view of the fact that a lot of lives have been cut short by vehicles driving against traffic, many motorists are still in the habit of driving against the traffic, putting pedestrians and other road users’ lives in danger,” he stated.
He noted that the agency would step up efforts to ensure that perpetrators are made to face justice, adding that no one would be spared in enforcing the law, forthwith.
Lagos State Traffic Law stipulates forfeiture of vehicle for driving against traffic, along with a year imprisonment for a first offender; three years imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle to the State and capturing of data and biometrics for second and subsequent offence.