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LASTMA arraigns 146 traffic offenders before mobile court 

By Benjamin Alade
12 September 2022   |   4:51 am
Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) arraigned owners/drivers of 146 vehicles arrested across the state for various traffic offences in August 2022.

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Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) arraigned owners/drivers of 146 vehicles arrested across the state for various traffic offences in August 2022.

   
General Manager, LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, who disclosed at weekend, said the alleged offenders are being prosecuted before the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Mobile Court.

He stressed that 77 offenders were being prosecuted for one-way driving, five for willful obstruction, five for illegal parking, two for unpainted commercial vehicles, five for wrongful overtaking, four for driving on walkways/kerbs, and six for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) obstructions, 10 for reckless and dangerous driving, four for picking/dropping passengers at undesignated bus stops and five for disobeying traffic control officers among others.
   
The LASTMA boss also revealed that all those arraigned by the agency before the Lagos Mobile Court were found ‘guilty’ as charged after strong pictorial and video evidence tendered by LASTMA’s prosecution team.
   
While urging all road users including commercial bus drivers to always drive with caution, Oreagba disclosed that LASTMA would continue to strengthen its monitoring and enforcement team to apprehend Traffic Law violators.

 
He said: “ Also, as part of our feedbacks mechanism, we attended and resolved various complaints from motorists via our ‘complaints lines and social media handles 08174722227 08100565860; Instagram (ekolastma); Twitter (@followlastma); Facebook (ekolastma); YouTube (LASTMATV) and SoundCloud (@lastmaRadio).
   
“It is disheartening that despite vigorous public enlightenment and advocacy campaigns via various media outlets, including online sensitization on the dangers inherent in disobeying traffic rules and regulations, some recalcitrant drivers are still endangering the safety of other road users.”
 
Also, the Director, Legal Department of LASTMA, Akerele Kehinde Oseni, said the prosecution of the arrested owners/drivers of the 146 vehicles for various traffic violations would serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrant road users.
 
Akerele, however, informed that the 146 impounded vehicles were later released to their respective owners after verifications of receipts of payment of fines with other relevant documents.