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Things You Need To Know About Federal Road Safety Corps And Requirements For Motoring

This flier is produced by Community Policing Partners for Justice, Security and Democratic Reform- COMPPART as part of its Public Safety awareness Campaigns on Policing Citizens Human Rights in Collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Akwa Ibom State Command with support from National Endowment for Democracy NED Washington D.C.

The Organization works to promote respect for human rights, Rule of law and co-operation between civil society and law enforcement agencies in the lawful discharge of their duties to the community they are supposed to serve in Nigeria and have three programme focus areas, namely: Justice, Security and Democratic Reforms.

We hope the brochure will be helpful to you in preventing unpleasant experiences with the FRSC, such as avoidable arrest and detention. We urge, however, that you do not rely on it as legal advice.

The FRSC is the Federal Government lead agency responsible for road traffic administration and safety management in Nigeria. The Corps is vested with the overall power of control, administration, management and enforcement of all traffic laws in Nigeria.

RESPONSIBILITIES
(a) Preventing or minimizing of crashes on the highways.
(b) Clearing of obstructions on any part of the highways
(c) Educating of drivers, motorists and other members of the public generally on the proper use of the highways so as to ensure safety. Licence to be used by various categories of vehicle operators.
(e) Designing and production of vehicle number plates.
(f) Giving prompt attention and care to victims of road traffic crashes.
(g) Conducting researches into causes or RTC’s and methods of preventing them and putting into use the results of such researches.
(h) Determining and enforcing speed limits for all categories of roads and vehicles and out-rolling the use of speed limiting devices.
(i) Regulating the use of sirens, flashers and beacon lights on vehicles other than ambulances and vehicles belonging to the Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Fire
Services and other Para-military agencies. (j) Regulating the use of mobile phones, seatbelts and other safety devices by motorists.

It is important to note that the members of the corps are empowered by law to arrest and prosecute persons reasonably suspected of having committed any traffic offence and serve such person with court process or notice of offence sheet.

It is important to note that the members of the corps are empowered by law to arrest and prosecute persons reasonably suspected of having committed any traffic offence and serve such person with court process or notice of offence sheet.

For a motorist to enjoy his rights fully in an encounter with FRSC personnel on the road, he/she should first of all appreciate the responsibilities of these law agents as enumerated above. This is essential so that a motorist does not react negatively when certain questions are asked by the road marshals as they are empowered by law to carry out their legitimate duties but without infringing on the rights of the individual.

More so, it is necessary that a motorist always be with his/her valid driver’s licence or vehicle particulars while driving so as to avoid the inconvenience of having his/her vehicle impounded on the suspicion that such a vehicle is stolen since the driver has no relevant/valid particular to prove otherwise.

The powers to act in this direction is derivable from FRSC Establishment Act 2007, which provides in its section (10) (50) that “a member of the Corps shall have power to impound a vehicle suspected to have been stolen where the driver of the vehicle fails to produce on demand and to the satisfaction of the member of the corps the particulars of such vehicle“.

SAFETY TIPS:- DEFENSIVE DRIVING
Apart from the fact that it is desirable to obey road traffic rules and regulations at all times by all motorists, it is even more desirable to imbibe the defensive driving techniques so as to make ourselves less susceptible to road traffic crashes.

The concept of defensive driving is woven around the fact that every driver must see all other drivers on the highway as insane indeed.

As a driver, always see other road users be they motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, animal rearers etc. as potential threats to your safety on the roads and you in turn are a threat to others.

Any driver who practices defensive driving will not even find himself in a dangerous situation that may likely lead to a crash in the first place.

THE MAIN FEATURES ARE:-
(1) Avoid getting into any situation where your safety depends mainly on the response of other road users/vehicles.
(2) Always anticipate possible danger.
(3) Always give other road users correct, adequate, timely/advance information about your intentions.
(4) Flow with the traffic as much as possible. Drive at safe and comfortable speed within the prescribed limit.
(5) Never assume that other drivers are as skillful as you may be or that their response will be same as yours in any given situation.
6. Don’t be confrontational towards any road situation, adapt to it. Avoid road rage as much as possible.
7. Never assume anything you cannot see clearly do not be over confident and dependent on super natural powers.
8. Do not try to intimidate other road user’s show consideration for them.
9. Always be prepared for unexpected action by other road users.
10. Always bear in mind that the primary reason for being on the road is to get from one point to the other safely.

The advent of GSM has thrown up new challenges to safe motoring world over. A defensive driver should pull over his vehicle safely to the road shoulder before making or receiving phone calls. Where it is not safe enough, the use of a handsfree device is recommended. Scrolling of phone, engaging in some deep and emotional conversations while driving are all potential risk behaviours. The other condemnable risk behaviours are drink driving, over speeding, reckless driving, over loading, wrongful/dangerous overtaking, sheer disobedience to rules and regulations, poor vehicle maintenance, and over dependence on stimulants/drugs.