Lagos-Ibadan gridlock: FRSC blames conduct of motorists

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has blamed the attitude of road users more for the traffic gridlock experienced on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on a daily basis.

The Corps Commander, Corridor 1 of the FRSC, Oseni Hamzat, said that the traffic congestion on that road is not entirely about poor traffic management.

Hamzat, speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday further said that it was majorly as a result of the attitude exhibited by road users.

He also lamented the conduct of certain motorists including commercial drivers and motorcades plying the traffic-laden Lagos-Ibadan Expressway amid ongoing repairs.

“We have lots of vehicles plying along that road and choking into that and to worsen the situations, there are some vehicles, especially these yellow buses and people who think they are high and mighty, driving against the flow of traffic,” Hamzat said.

“How do you relate with somebody who is carrying one moneybag and having armed men and they come in convoys, beating both road safety, LASTMA, and even the deployed police at different points, including TRACE?

“They are driving recklessly, they are ready to hit anybody, knock anybody down. And they would go forward to go and block other vehicles coming either in or out.”

The FRSC chief attributed much of the impediments that worsen the flow of traffic to errant drivers on the wrong side of the road, driving in lanes facing oncoming traffic.

Admitting that some problems are expected because of the ongoing construction on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, he appealed to drivers to patiently navigate congested portions of the road.

Source: The Guardian

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