The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, mnipr, mipra, has called on lawmakers to make laws that will hold traffic offenders face the wrath of the law.
He also cautioned road users and drivers against traffic offences that lead to accidents due to violation of traffic rules.
In his statement on Monday, “I can say without mincing words that most road accidents or crashes claim numerous lives on a daily basis because of our recklessness, carelessness, and lawlessness on our highways. Many violate traffic rules and cause avoidable and unwarranted deaths.
“I want to strongly suggest or challenge our State Houses of Assembly to make laws that will describe and treat intentional and willful road crashes as criminal and not mere traffic offences.
The Force PRO pointed out that, If you drive in traffic and cause deaths, such should not just be treated as a traffic offence but as a capital criminal offence of murder.
“If one refuses to obey the traffic light (robot) and causes deaths, it should be a capital offence (murder case) and not a mere traffic offence. It’s obvious that many are reckless and cause havoc on our highways because they know they may only be charged for traffic offences, which is simple, and not murder as the case may be.
He concluded that “Once you drive recklessly and cause deaths on the highway, you should be charged with murder, not manslaughter since it’s intentional. This will reduce, to a certain level, recklessness, and gross violation of traffic rules on our highways”.