The Lagos State Government has warned that motorists who fail to comply with the state’s traffic laws risk imprisonment for up to three years.
In a statement on Tuesday, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem (SAN), said apart from imprisonment, motorists who had the habit of violating traffic laws also risked the forfeiture of their vehicles to the state government.
“The Ministry of Justice, through the mobile courts, will intensify efforts to prosecute unruly motorists in order to restore sanity on the roads,” he said.
Kazeem said the new directive was given by the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, to curb the lawlessness exhibited by some motorists, which had always led to gridlock and untold hardship for commuters.
Specifically explaining Section 7 of the Road Traffic Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, Kazeem highlighted the various traffic violations to include: disobeying traffic control personnel and assault on their persons; parking on the yellow lines; and use of Bus Rapid Transit route by unauthorised vehicles.
He, therefore, advised members of the public to be law-abiding and cooperate with traffic officials in bringing sanity to Lagos roads.