The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned Nigerians to desist from using mobile phones in whatever form whilst driving or face the consequences.
This warning was sounded by a spokesperson for the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem who told the media, “It is an offence to use mobile telephones in any form while driving”.
He also warned there would soon be a serious clampdown on motorists driving with earphones or other hands-free devices.
The road safety has enforced its policy against a direct use of mobile telephones by drivers for several years, but most drivers switched to hands-free as the most convenient way to circumvent the offence, and traffic officers hardly pull drivers with earphones.
“We have not started enforcing it, but it is an offence to drive with earpiece because it is dangerous not only for the driver but other road users,” a road safety chief said in addition to Kazeem’s message.
The lack of enforcement of the law prohibiting the use of hands-free has led many motorists to assume the option is safe.
However, expert studies around the use of hands-free by Nigerian drivers remained largely scanty, but scientists in foreign institutions have concluded that the option was not safe, and some found it could be dangerous as being twice above alcohol limit.