Bayelsa State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Robert Ogom, yesterday advised motorists and other road users in the state to adhere to driving rules and be traffic compliant, especially at this period of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
The Sector Commander, who took over from Ikechukwu Igwe, who retired recently, made the call while speaking to journalists in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Ogom reiterated that tricycle operators in the state should obey the guidelines of carrying only two passengers, and advised the bus drivers not to engage in overloading, but to carry only two passengers per seat in order to maintain social distancing.
While stressing that this will go a long way in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 in the state, the Sector Commander said: “This will not only reduce the spread of the virus, but also save the drivers and others’ lives from the disease, as well as ensure safety on the road.
“I need the cooperation of all motorists in the state; we must remember that enforcing traffic rules and regulations is for the good of the people. Also ensure that you have a genuine driver’s license. Put on your seat belt and avoid over-speeding, overloading and dangerous driving. Also avoid using expired tyres and ensure that your vehicle wipers are in order before putting the vehicle on the road.
“You don’t need to be on the road without your driver’s licence because that is the legal instrument that permits a driver to be on the road.”