146 Traffic Law Breakers Arrested by LASTMA, to Appear in Court
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has arraigned owners/drivers of 146 vehicles arrested across the State for various traffic offences in August 2022.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, disclosed that the alleged offenders are being prosecuted before the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Mobile Court.
According to him, “77 offenders are being prosecuted for One-Way Driving, Five for Willful Obstruction, Five for Illegal Parking, Two for Unpainted Commercial Vehicles, Five for Wrongful Overtaking, Four for Driving on Walkways/Kerbs, Six for BRT Obstructions, 10 for Reckless & Dangerous Driving, Four for Picking/Dropping Passengers at Undesignated Bus Stops and Five for Disobeying Traffic Control Officers among others”.
“It is disheartening that despite the State government’s vigorous public enlightenment and advocacy campaigns via various media outlets, including online sensitisation on the dangers inherent in disobeying traffic rules and regulations, some recalcitrant drivers are still endangering the safety of other road users on Lagos Roads”, Oreagba stated.
The General Manager also revealed that all those arraigned by the Agency before the Lagos Mobile Court were found ‘Guilty’ as charged after strong pictorial and video evidence tendered by LASTMA’s prosecution team.
While urging all road users including commercial bus drivers, to always drive with caution, particularly during these “Ember Months”, Oreagba disclosed that LASTMA will continue to strengthen its monitoring and enforcement team to apprehend Traffic Law violators.
Also speaking, the Director, Legal Department of LASTMA, Mr. Akerele Kehinde Oseni, maintained that the prosecution of the arrested owners/drivers of the 146 vehicles for various traffic violations will serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrants road users.
Akerele, however, informed that the 146 impounded vehicles were later released to their respective owners after the verifications of receipts of their fine payment and other relevant documents.