A driver under the influence of alcohol has been arrested by the officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps after receiving a distress call by one of the passengers for driving recklessly in a way that could put the lives of the passengers and other commuters in danger, Njenje Media News reports.
The spokesperson of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, said:
“The drunk driver was arrested in Kyakyama, Ogere, Ogun State at about 1:35 pm when the sector commander received a distress call from a passenger who noticed the dangerous way the driver of the vehicle she boarded was driving.’
“The passenger, one Mrs. Matina reported that few minutes into their journey, they noticed that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol which prompted the passengers to caution him against his recklessness. She revealed that it was when the driver refused to hide the warning from all the passengers that the passengers got the FRSC call line from the internet and hurriedly put the call through to the FRSC for rescue.”
Kazeem also said upon receiving the call, the sector commander ordered a patrol team from RS2.24 Ogere unit command immediately to effect the arrest of the driver and ensure the impoundment of the vehicle, which was reported to be a white colour Toyota Hiace bus with the following registration details FKJ 991 YA.
Upon arrest and impoundment of the vehicle, the driver was subjected to a BAC test and the result was 0.18 per cent, which is extremely higher than the 0.05 percent permissible by road traffic regulations.
He also said the corps marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi while thanking the passengers, expressed joy over the bravery.
He noted that the conduct did not only prove that they were observant enough to discover the recklessness of the driver but also proves that Nigerians are also courageous to report dangerous road user behaviour.
He called on the motoring public to emulate the actions of the passengers, emphasizing that road safety is a collective responsibility and every body’s business.
He also said that the FRSC toll-free number 122 is always available 24/7 for emergency and prompt rescue services.