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‘Avoid Hard Drugs, Other Intoxicating Substances While Driving’



As the world prepares for Christmas and New year celebrations, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has appealed to road users in the State to shun over speeding and use of hard drugs or other intoxicating substances while driving.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Works and Transport, Engr Olatoke Hussein gave this advice while addressing journalists on Tuesday, December 2, 2019.

He stated that over speeding, impatience, carefree attitudes, not paying adequate attention to road signs, non maintenance of vehicles, and the use of hard drugs and other intoxicating substances among other factors have caused loss of lives and properties in Nigeria.

The Special Adviser, enjoined drivers to shun drinking alcohol while driving saying this can endanger their lives and that of the passengers. Remember the saying: ‘If you drink, don’t drive, if you drive don’t drink’

Engr Olatoke, said the State of Osun Ministry of Works and Transport is working in collaboration with all Road Traffic Management Agencies such as the Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), O’TRAM among others to ensure that road accident are reduced drastically in Osun state.

He also reminded motorists and commercial motorcyclists that because of the impending season, harmattan dust haze would reduce visibility drastically. Therefore, poor visibility demands that speeds are reduced to the barest minimum while visible or reflective jackets and swearers are worn by cyclists. All motorists must ensure that functional traffic warning signs, brake lights, rear and side view mirrors are mounted on all vehicles.

Road users are further advised to cooperate with the road traffic regulatory agencies by obeying all road traffic control signs.

“While warning motorists that the penalties for traffic offenses shall be applied to the letter and that the full weight of the law shall be brought on road traffic offenders”.

The Special Adviser commended the swift response of the road traffic regulators in the State to cases of emergency, urging them to continue with the good work.

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