Psychiatric Test for Traffic Offenders in Edo – FRSC

Edo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Samuel Odukoya, Tuesday, disclosed that drivers who violate traffic rules and regulations on the road would be made to undergo psychiatric test to ascertain their mental state of mind.
He disclosed this on Tuesday in his office in Benin, said the test takes effect from July 1.
Odukoya, who noted that FRSC has zero tolerance to traffic violations and that whoever caught would be made to face the law, warned that the flagrant disobedience of traffic rules and regulations in the state by motorists necessitated the psychiatrist test.
“By July 1, offences like answering phones while driving, overloading, route violation (one way drive), beating the traffic, amongst​ others, would henceforth attract psychiatric test before the payment of stipulated fine.
“When we arrest any driver who violates traffic rules, before he is booked for the offence, he would first go for psychiatric test to ascertain his mental state of mind.
“Once a driver is caught, his vehicle would be seized until the doctor confirms his mental state and the driver would pay all the expenses at the hospital as well as the fine for such offence.
“We believe that by the time about 40 people that committed the offence are sent for psychiatric test, pay for the test and N50,000 fine for the violation, it would serve as deterrent to other people to comply with traffic rules,” he said.
The Edo Sector Commander of the FRSC also disclosed that Governor Godwin Obaseki has promised to provide doctors for the exercise as well as a Mobile Court to try offenders after paying for the psychiatric test, adding; “Obaseki is committed to stopping the menace in the state.”
According to him, the FRSC would collaborate with the traffic management that would be set up by the State Government for effective implementation of the exercise and addressing the menace.

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