From ‘Yanju Uwala
Motorists driving with earphones, or any means of wireless communications behind the wheel will now be sentenced to six months in jail, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has made it known.
According to the FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said it is illegal to receive or make telephone calls while driving, regardless of any wireless gadget used for such communication.
He, further added that driving required apt attention so any bit of distraction wouldn’t be condoned.
Kazeem, also said that drivers who make or receive calls behind the wheel with Airpods, Earpods, or any form of wired or wireless earphones and handsfree mode also risk six months in jail.
He said, “It is illegal. Driving entails 100 per cent concentration so you cannot be distracted. It is there in the regulation.
“It is clear from the provisions of Reg 166 (1) that it is illegal to make phone call using EarPods earphone or whatever means.
“Anything that will distract you while driving must be avoided. When we do public enlightenment, we even discourage drivers talking to passengers which could cause distraction.
“The law may not make it an offence but at the same time, it can distract you, even changing your cassette while driving can distract you and result to accident
Leave a Reply