Oyo state command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) will get more mobile courts from the state’s judiciary for speedy trial of traffic offenders.
The resolve, a new synergy to foster working relationship between the judiciary and the FRSC, is part of measures to ensure sanity and safety among road users, particularly the motorists, through the enforcement of traffic laws and regulations.
Oyo State Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Munta Abimbola, broke the news while hosting FRSC’s Sector Commander, Corp Commander Cecelia Kike Alao, at the State High Court on Ring Road in Ibadan, the state capital.
The CJ said the collaboration had been on for a while, recalling that two years ago, Corp Commander Yusuf K. Salami also visited the judiciary.
Abimbola said the Judiciary was committed to working with the FRSC to curb excesses among road users.
He said: “Undoubtedly, we are of a strong view that we need to partner the commission in enforcing road traffic laws and regulations to ensure safety and sanity on our roads.
“We are mindful of the general functions of the Road Safety Corps as provided for in Section 1-2 and subsection 3, which places high responsibility on the commission in making the highway safe for motorists and other road users.
“It is an understatement to say that accidents do happen on our roads. But we are happy to say we see a reduction in accidents on our roads because of the effectiveness and efficiency of the commission’s officers. We will always partner the commission by providing chief magistrates who will promptly punish traffic offenders.”
The Chief Judge, however, noted that the judiciary needs the assistance of the FRSC in saving the courts from irritants by road users on the major road as especially the roundabout adjacent to the court premises.
The FRSC commander stressed that the agency only enforced as the last resort so that people would take its officers seriously.