The Federal Road Safety Corps will start the psychological evaluation of drivers who are arrested for various traffic offences in the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday.
The Corps Marshal, FRSC , Dr . Boboye Oyeyemi , during the inauguration of a special Cobra unit on Friday in Abuja said that the areas of focus are using mobile phones while driving , violating traffic light , dangerous driving and overloading , among others.
Dr Boboye stated that errant drivers would be put through a psychological evaluation at a teaching hospital to check their mental stability .
The Corps Marshal further explained that the unit had been equipped with 10 speed bikes , four pick – up vans and an ambulance to help carry out its duties effectively.
Mr Boboye stated that he would personally lead the FCT squad and that similar teams and logistics would be deployed subsequently at the zonal level before the month of July comes to an end.
He further explained that the special patrol would be outside the normal patrol activities of the corps in Abuja and other states.
“ Let me sound a note of warning to all road users : the corps will not tolerate any form of assault on its personnel.
“ With the support of the Federal Ministry of Justice, if need be , I will press for maximum punishment of culprits and ensure that I send them to jail .
“ FRSC officials are law enforcement agents funded by the government to ensure the safety of Nigerians on the road , but road users , especially passengers , are fond of assaulting them.
“ I will get them arrested and with the help of the Inspector – General of Police , criminal cases will be filed against them. It is not a threat , I have started it already . ” he stated.
Mr Boboye also said that flashpoints of traffic violations in the FCT would be effectively manned by the FRSC officials backed by ambulances .
Mr Boboye who noted that his announcement of the psychological test had been misinterpreted by the public , stated that the corps would remain focused in the discharge of its responsibilities.