Valentine’s Day: FRSC To Test For Drunk Driving, Says ‘We’ll Not Spare Any Driver Caught’

As Nigerians prepare to join the rest of the world to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday, the Federal Road Safety Corps has said its officials will not spare reckless drivers or anyone caught driving under the influence.

This comes as the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, has ordered massive deployment of officials who would be assessing drivers for drunk driving across the country.

The FRSC said in order to avoid road crashes, the teaming community of celebrants and other road users must desist from indulging in drunk driving and avoid excessive speed.

The warning was contained in a statement issued by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, on Saturday.

He said Oyeyemi had directed commanding officers across the country to ensure massive deployment of officers for enhanced visibility, adequate traffic control, and maximum enforcement of all COVID-19 protocols amongst motorists.

According to Kazeem, all patrol operatives were also directed to go along with breathalysers, and radar guns to ensure that suspected drunk drivers are tested and stopped from continuing their trips so as to avoid unnecessary deaths,injuries and damage to properties.

Kazeem, quoted the Corps Marshal as saying, “the Valentine celebration is a day set aside all over the world to celebrate love, exchange gifts, and show that we care for one another, in memory of Saint Valentine who exemplified love while he lived. As such, motorists who wish to celebrate must be exemplary by complying with all road traffic regulations, because the Corps will not spare any driver caught violating established laws”.

He, therefore, advised motorists to leverage on the 122 toll free line of the FRSC to call for emergency intervention in case of any crash, obstruction or when any drunk driving is sighted, for appropriate actions.

Oyeyemi further reminded all celebrants to celebrate in strict compliance with all COVID-19 protocols, including use of facemask and observing physical distancing in the vehicle.

He called on all road users to respect FRSC operatives deployed to ensure the safety of lives and properties, noting that their presence on the road was for the good of all.