Saturday 4 September 2021

Motorists Driving With Earphones Now Risk Six Months In Jail — FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps says it is illegal to receive or make telephone calls while driving, 

regardless of any wireless gadget used 

for such communication.

The FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, explained that driving required apt attention so any bit of distraction wouldn’t be condoned.

Hence, said drivers who make or receive calls behind the wheels with AirPods, EarPods or any form wired or wireless earphones and handsfree mode risk six months in jail.

The officer also added that, according to the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012, it is illegal to make calls or receive same while driving.

He said, “It is illegal. Driving entails 100 per cent concentration so you cannot be distracted. It is there in the regulation.

“It is clear from the provisions of Reg 166 (1) that it is illegal to make phone call using EarPods earphone or whatever means.

“Anything that will distract you while driving must be avoided. When we do public enlightenment, we even discourage drivers talking to passengers which could cause distraction.

“The law may not make it an offence but at the same time, it can distract you, even changing your cassette while driving can distract you and result to accident.”

All drivers are excepted to be guarded.


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