Using your Google maps application while driving is now a serious traffic offence, said Ayuba Gora, the FCT Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Restricting the benefits of the web mapping service launched by Google on February 8, 2005, which has since then helped Nigerian motorists duck traffic jams while commuting, Gora held that using mobile phones in any form while driving is not permitted.
He addressed this at the inauguration of the 2019 Ember Months Campaign by Lugbe Unit Command of the FRSC in Abuja on Wednesday, November 27th.
Gora said using mobile phones while driving can lead to an accident, and that is why it is impermissible by the law.
According to the FRSC commander, the FRSC will soon require speed limiting devices on every vehicle. He advised that motorists who don’t have it installed in their vehicles should make the necessary arrangements.
“We will embark on massive checks of vehicles without this device soon and arrest those that disconnected the devices from their vehicles. It is very important that all vehicles should have the device installed in their vehicles”.
“The required speed limit for commercial vehicles on the highways should not exceed 90 km/hr for buses and taxis. By doing this today, we are simply reminding motorists that they must drive with care and observe traffic rules and regulations in order to make the job very easy for all of us”.
“If you are arrested this period, you will not just pay fines but will also be taken for an emotional evaluation test in the hospital to ascertain your mental fitness before we let you go,” he said.
He beckoned the public not to hesitate to dial the emergency numbers 122 or 112 to report any road accident or careless driving.
He further debunked speculations that the speed limit device is ill-suited for car engines, saying it had nothing to do with the engine, but only cuts fuel supply during attempted speeding.
“Once the vehicle reaches a pre-determined top speed, the computer steps in and restricts the flow of air and fuel to the engine and even the sparks that cause combustion”, he said
Are Nigerians ready for this law?