By Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) said it will deploy 1,000 personnel across the state in collaboration with sister security agencies.
It said the decision is part of its mandate to ensure free flow of traffic during sallah festivities.
In a statement by its spokesman, Nabilusi Abubakar on Tuesday, KAROTA said it deemed it necessary to deploy large number of personnel during the festivity period, considering large turnout of vehicles and other road users expected to be recorded during the period.
The officers, according to the agency, had therefore been charged to ensure motorists and other road users comply with all the state laws with regards to driving and the use of roads so as to prevent unnecessary traffic hold-ups recorded during such festivity in the past.
According to KAROTA, traffic offences including disobeying traffic, punishable under section 16 (4,7&8) paragraph 12 of KAROTA Law 2012 attracts N15,000 fine.
Also, underaged triycle riders are liable to N20,000 fine, a punishment under section 16 sub, 4,7&8 Paragraph 2, 3 of KAROTA Law 2012.
KAROTA therefore warned that the it would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone who violate traffic laws during the season, noting that “some unscrupulous persons have made it a habit to engage in dangerous driving the time endangering their lives and those of others.”
“The Managing Director of KAROTA, Baffa Babba Dan’agundi admonished parents to desist from the habit of giving their underage children vehicle to drive especially during this period as any child caught driving would be arrested, fined and have his vehicle seized just as Reckless Driving and Over Speeding would also be dealt with.
“The general public and all road users are therefore advised to adhere strictly to all traffic laws before, during and after the Sallah Festive holidays to avoid unfortunately incidences that could lead to injury, loss of lives or ppropertie,” the statement reads in parts.