The corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Boboye Oyeyemi has disclosed that psychiatric exams will be conducted on traffic offenders nationwide, beginning from July 1, the Cable reports. According to Oyeyemi, the proposed psychiatric exam was supported by the enabling act of the agency.
The corps marshal made his comments on Monday, June 12, at the opening of a training programme for officials of the FRSC on traffic safety for non-motorized transportation that took place in Abuja. Read more.
To this effect, a statement has been released by the FRSC corps public education officer Bisi Kazeem. It read: “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. “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.”