The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned drivers to shun drunk-driving to ensure safety of lives on the highway.
The Sector Commander, Enugu Sector Command of the FRSC Ogbonnaya Kalu made the call shortly after a special operation led by the Zonal Command of the Corps to ensure compliance with non-consumption of alcohol by commercial drivers.
The team led by the Zonal Commanding Officer of the FRSC, Osadebe Osadebanwe visited two popular commercial transporters in the state where several drivers were tested for alcohol which came out negative.
Speaking on the ‘Operation Confirm Your State of Mind” an offshoot of “Operation Zero Tolerance for Road Crashes,” Ogbonnaya Kalu stated that drivers convicted of drunk-driving are liable to a fine of 5000 naira.
He charged passengers to always be alert and caution drivers deemed to have been violating road safety and traffic rules.
“We are here to ensure that even as the vehicles in any transport company’s fleets are mechanically sound; the drivers of these vehicles are also sound in health – physically and mentally.
“FRSC says No Alcohol in our motor parks any longer. We are here selecting these drivers randomly and using the digitalized breathalyzers on them to check for alcohol or any intoxicant intake.
“So far, in the three big parks we had visited all the drivers are free-of-alcohol use as well as other intoxicants since the breathalyzer automatically detect any iota of intoxication or alcohol use,’’ he said.
“We told the passengers that they are stakeholders in the safety business as well as their safe arrival to their destinations.
“They should speak out and caution their driver for any reckless driving or road misbehavior.
“And if he is not taking corrections; they should report the misbehaving driver to the nearest FRSC marshal or law enforcement agency personnel on the road.
“They can also report erring drivers to the owner/manager of the transport company through the number on their tickets and body of the vehicle,’’ he advised.
On preparation of the corps on ensuring free flow of traffic during the yuletide, the Sector Commander said logistics have been put in place as officers of the corps will be deployed to accident prone areas in the state.
Manager of GUO Park in Enugu, Friday Nwazor, while reacting to the exercise said that the exercise was laudable, adding that it afforded the company to know the alcohol/intoxicant status of the drivers.
He said “I am happy that among my drivers, all proved negative on alcohol/intoxicant in their body stream. It is good testimony for the company and our esteemed customers/passengers’’.
Another, Mr Dennis Asogwa, a driver with Peace Mass Transport, Enugu, maintained that on-the-spot and unscheduled alcohol test would go a long way to sanitize parks of alcohol and intoxicants intake.