From Raji Bello, Sokoto
The Federal Road Safety Corps have said no fewer than 4,964 motorists were booked for violating various traffic rules in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States.
The Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of States, Mr. Abayomi Omiyale disclosed this while speaking with Journalists in Sokoto during an interactive session.
Omiyale said the offenders were sanctioned between January 2018 till date for overspending and driving without valid documents among other related offences.
He said in addition, about 195 vehicles were also booked for overloading alone.
Omiyale further explained that in the first quarters of 2018, a total of 2014 applicants within the zone were issued with temporary Drivers Licence.
He lamented that the unclaimed Drivers Licence stood at 718 despite the State Board of Internal Revenue efforts of sending SMS messages to the affected applicants.
The FRSC Commander recalled that between January and March 2018, the total number of road traffic crashes within the zone stood at 86 as against 78 in 2017.
He also noted that the crashes claimed no fewer than 45 died as against 96 lives lost in 2017 within the same first quarters.
Omiyale said the zone is intensify efforts in achieving the commission 2018 corporate strategic goal which include enhancing communication, social media, and technology, improving enforcement and rescue service and reducing road traffic crashes by 15 percent among others.