By Odita Sunday, The Guardian Newspaper
Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, popularly called ‘Taskforce’ at the weekend impounded 10 vehicles on Muritala Mohammed International Airport Road for driving against traffic just as it vowed to commence the arrest and prosecution of drivers of vehicles impounded for plying one-way.
Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, was leading his team on a routine enforcement of traffic law in the metropolis when he ran into some of the vehicles driving against traffic on Airport Road on Friday night.
According to spokesman for the Taskforce, Moliki Olufemi, “Further waiting in the area by the team led to the seizure of more vehicles bringing the total to ten”.
Expressing surprise about the unending attitude of some motorists still driving against the traffic in view of the impound and auction policy of the state government, Jejeloye said, “forthwith, Taskforce would start prosecuting drivers of vehicles impounded for one way”.
He maintained that it is appalling that despite the seizure of vehicles and auctioning them after obtaining court order, a lot of motorists still drive against traffic, stressing that the agency would implement the Traffic Law on driving against the traffic completely.
Jejeloye noted that it has become necessary to forthwith begin the arrest and prosecution of drivers of vehicles impounded for driving against traffic because of the unyielding stance of many motorists still caught in the act.
He added that Lagos State Law provided for a year imprisonment for driver of vehicle impounded for one way as well as forfeiture of such vehicle.
“It is disturbing that you still find many highly enlightened motorists driving against traffic just like the uneducated ones.
In view of the fact that a lot of lives have been cut short by vehicles driving against traffic, many motorists are still in the habit of driving against the traffic, putting pedestrains and other road users lives in danger”, he stated.
He noted that the agency would step up efforts to ensure that perpetrators are made to face justice, adding that, no one would be spared in enforcing the law forthwith.
The make and registration of the 10 impounded vehicles are: Sinotruck (LND 26 XW), Toyota Corolla (BDG 935 FY), A – Zebra (AGL 18 AH), Ford Limited (PF 3622 SPY), Toyota Matrix (KSF 15 DS), Highlander (LSD 01 GR), Toyota Hiace (GGE 506 XZ), Mini Bus (BDG 484 TC), Toyota Hilux (KJA 392 XT) and Toyota Hilux (AAA 987 ET).