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Drunk-Driving: FRSC set to Introduce Breathalysers for Drivers

Valentine Chinyem

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Road users driving under the influence of alcohol may soon have themselves to blame, as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has concluded plans to acquire breathalyzers to test the alcoholic and drug levels of drivers on the highway.

This was made known in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer of FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, who said that the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, had already met with a team of Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) over its plans.

While noting that the team was led by the Chairman of BSG, Mr. Jordi Borrut-Bel, Kazeem confirmed that the Corps had discussed the implementation process of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the group, which would see the provision of breathalyzers to the FRSC.

The pilot scheme which is expected to be tested by FRSC patrol teams within Kaduna, Lagos and River State Commands, has been designed to focus on training of FRSC personnel on Driving Under the Influence (DUI) projects, acquisition and deployment of alcholizers for testing DUI, enforcement of DUI by field operatives, and monitoring of enforcement of DUI.

Other aspects of the programme, according to the statement, are: “Commencement of Drive Alcohol Free (DAF) campaign, FRSC/BSG to meet with FRSC stakeholders in the DAF campaign, FRSC/BSG to conduct survey on the six geopolitical zones on DAF campaign, enlightenment of drivers and other road users on the dangers of drunk driving, deployment of billboards on strategic routes across the country with ‘don’t drink and drive’ messages.”

In his address, Chairman of BSG Mr. Jordi Borrut-Bel, praised the corps for mapping-out different programmes aimed at keeping Nigerian roads safe, and promised that they, as a body, would ensure its members adhere strictly to safety measures and rules, while also noting that it would lead by example by preaching the need to install speed limiters to their members.

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