The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved fine reduction for some drivers and vehicle owners who contravened several traffic laws put in place to guide motorists, commuters and other road users in preventing avoidable loss of lives and property on highways across the state.
The fine reduction covered traffic offenders whose vehicle were seized by the state’s Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Task Force) in the last two weeks for traffic offences, granting reduction in the fines for each offence.
Respite came the way of the beneficiaries when Sanwo-Olu made an unscheduled visit to the holding facility of the task force in Alausa for an assessment of the security outfit’s operational activities where he met the offenders waiting to be arraigned in mobile court for various traffic offences.
Upon sighting the governor’s convoy, the offenders surged towards him as the fleet moved into the Task Force’s premises. They, however, pleaded with Sanwo-Olu to intervene in their cases.
While admitting to committing the offences for which their vehicles were seized and begged the governor for clemency, Sanwo-Olu noted that the offenders explanations were inexcusable, reiterating the State Government’s zero tolerance for traffic offences.
He particularly chided those arrested for driving on one-way, saying their action usually endangered the lives of law-abiding residents. The governor said it would be out of place to make the offenders escape penalties stipulated to their offences.
Sanwo-Olu<however, directed the taskforce officials to avail him the full list of all vehicles seized in the last two weeks for traffic offences, granting reduction in the fines for each offence.
He said: “You all (offenders) have admitted to flouting traffic regulations and you are here because you don’t want to be arraigned for your offences in our mobile court. I have requested for the list of all vehicles in this facility and I will be meeting with the Taskforce officers on it. We will still get judgement on your offences but we will grant you the opportunity for reduction in the fines to be paid.
“If I give you this opportunity, you must not be caught again for flouting the traffic rules. The laws are there and no one is above the law. I will intervene to reduce the fines for you and you must be remorseful. Anyone caught again would have his vehicle completely impounded. You must be law-abiding and respect the lives of our fellow citizens.”