The Edo State Government has revved up the campaign against traffic offenders in the Benin metropolis, arresting three more drivers who were driving against traffic and impounding their vehicles.

The Edo State Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) Coordinator, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, briefing journalists in Benin City on the development, said the drivers have been arraigned before a mobile court and will be prosecuted in accordance with the state’s extant laws.

Yusuf-Osagie said the new arrest has raised to seven, the total of persons that have been apprehended since the kick-off of the exercise, reassuring of the government’s commitment to restore sanity and order on roads in Benin metropolis.

According to him, “Officials of PUWOV have apprehended three more motorists in the Benin metropolis for driving against traffic (one-way). The vehicles include a gold coloured Toyota Camry and two Mitsubishi buses, cream and ash colour with registration numbers: BEN- 12 –ZZ and RSH 514 XN respectively. The vehicles have been impounded, while the drivers have been arraigned before a mobile court and will be duly prosecuted according to the state’s extant laws.”

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He further warned, “It is strictly prohibited to drive against the flow of traffic. Doing so is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious accidents, causing injuries and even death to those involved.

“The Edo State Government is committed to guaranteeing the safety of its citizens by ensuring order and safety on our roads and has stepped up enforcement to clampdown on all unruly motorists who drive against the traffic. This threatens the safety of other road users. The government has put mechanisms in place to ensure that such recalcitrant drivers are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.”

The PUWOV Coordinator added, “We urge all drivers to pay attention to road signs and signals, and to always drive defensively to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them. Members of the public can record motorists disregarding traffic regulations on our road and send videos of the recordings to the WhatsApp Number: 08132030846. Let’s all work together to make our roads a safer place for everyone.”