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Suggestions for operational efficiency of Police and FRSC officers on the road (2)

Suggestions for operational efficiency of Police and FRSC officers on the road (2)

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These Officers outside the dedicated check points should not be empowered to stop any vehicle. Members of the public should be regularly informed about the operation of this system and the powers and limits of the officers at the dedicated check points and those at different flash points.

  • Adequate modern technology should be deployed to monitor motorists and communicate their offences to the checkpoints before they get there.

Envisaged benefits:

  • It will reduce the current excesses of the FRSC and Police Officers who are presently drunk with bribery and other forms of dangerous compromise.
  • It will effectively boost road safety and driver education.
  • It will boost security through the joint-task force operations at the dedicated check points. The Nigeria Police Officers and NDLEA Operatives do not need to have check points outside these dedicated check points any more. What they and FRSC need to do outside the dedicated check points is to have monitoring Officers at flash points to monitor motorists and feed the dedicated check points with relevant information for the apprehension of offenders or suspected motorists. They themselves (the monitoring Officers will not have any right to stop any vehicle).
  • It will make the proposed 24 hours operation of FRSC Officers on the road possible and secured.
  • The intentional refusal of drivers to stop for FRSC officers which has led to the death of several FRSC and Police Officers will stop.
  • It will enhance compliance to the traffic regulations by all classes of drivers.
  • It will reduce the conflict of functions and undue pressure on motorists by the FRSC and Police Officers as they will be jointly present at every designated point.
  • It will reduce over-speeding because of the shortness of the intervals between the dedicated checkpoints.
  • It will curtail the excesses of the drivers of articulated vehicles and some privileged individuals who are mostly guilty of driving without valid driver licence.
  • It will reduce the rate of road traffic crashes, injuries and deaths.
  • It will further reduce the rate of armed robbery and kidnapping on the highways both in the day and night.
  • It will reduce accidents caused by fatigued and runk drivers in the day and night.

I hereby encourage the Federal Government and the relevant agencies to critically and objectively look at these suggestions for implementation.

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