The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has arrested 1,975 traffic offenders under Operation Panther.
The arrests were made within the first two weeks of the agency’s ‘Operation Panther’ traffic exercise.
‘Operation Panther’ is a special patrol exercise by Zone 7 of the FRSC, comprising the FCT and Niger State.
The arrests were made between September 1st and September 11th 2020, with a total of 2,225 traffic violations recorded.
The exercise was aimed at bringing about a new orientation for driver’s to deal with hazard headlong.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 7 HQ Abuja, ACM Jonas Agwu, in a statement, expressed delight at the outcome of the Special Patrol.
He revealed that it was a fallout of the ongoing Special Intervention Patrol (SIP). The exercise is aimed at instilling traffic sanity in the Federal Capital Territory and Niger state.
Mr. Agwu noted that the outcome revealed critical offences which are top causative factors behind fatal road traffic crashes.
The critical offences, according to ACM Agwu, stand at 772 offences with overloading. This has become a daily infraction standing at 195 offences.
The further breakdown of the two weeks enforcements revealed that 155 offenders were arrested for driving and phoning infractions, while traffic light infractions (light sign violation) stands at 48 offences.
Other violations include 102 offenders for Tyre violation, 5 offenders for dangerous driving, 79 offenders for riding a motorcycle without a crash helmet.
The Zonal Commanding Officer warned the motoring public that ‘Operation Panther II which is the second phase had commenced on Monday 14th September 2020.’