The Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bisi Kazeem FSI, has clarified the news making rounds that the “Use of mobile phones to access Google map application while driving is an offence”.
In a statement released on Twitter, it was revealed that the Corps Commander Wobin Ayuba Gora was quoted out of context on the use of google map app while driving, during the 2019 ‘Ember Months’ flag off held in Lugbe, FCT on Wednesday.
The statement reads:
“The attention of the Federal Road Safety Corps has been drawn to an online publication where the Sector Commander, Federal Capital Territory (FCT),
Corps Commander Wobin Ayuba Gora was quoted out of context on the use of google map app while driving, during the 2019 ‘Ember Months’ flag off held in Lugbe, FCT on Wednesday.
According to the writer, the FCT Sector Commander while delivering his ember months address, stated that driving with the aid of Google map using mobile phone is a serious traffic offence.
The Corps wishes to state that the Sector Commander must have been misquoted and his statement outrightly misrepresented because the Federal Road Safety Corps as a technology driven organisation is not and has never stood against the use of google map by motorists. To state the obvious, we have always enlightened the public on the position of the law on use of phone while driving.
On the strength of this, the Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to reiterate its position on use of phone while driving as a dangerous and hazardous road traffic behaviour which has led to unwanted and avoidable road crashes.
We therefore call on all motorists who intend to deploy the use of google map on their phone especially during the festive season when traffic density is high, to activate such before setting the vehicle in motion so as to ensure 100 percent concentration on the wheels.
Road Safety is State of Mind, Road Traffic Crash is Absence of Mind. Stay Alert, Stay Alive! FRSC Cares for Your Safety.
Bisi Kazeem FSI
Public Education Officer