THE Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has called for imprisonment of traffic offenders as a way of curbing deaths and injuries resulting from road crashes in the country.
He advocated an amendment of the Federal Road Safety Corps Act to stipulate jail terms for all traffic offences.
Speaking during the 2021 Easter Mega Rally organised by the FRSC at the Jabi Central Park, Abuja, on Thursday, the minister said if road users were aware that they would go to jail for beating the traffic light or crashing into other vehicles, they would drive more carefully.
He called on the corps to lobby and get the FRSC Establishment Act amended at the National Assembly, saying he would support the move.
Amaechi stated, “Drinking alcohol while driving is an offence, overloading is an offence, but most drivers do this because there are no major consequences or jail term for these offences. FRSC should lobby the NASS to amend their act to criminalise the offences.”