Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said his administration will deal decisively with anyone that henceforth violates traffic laws in the state, saying their unruly behaviour had led to the loss of 18 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) , while 24 are permanently incapacitated.
Ambode dangled the axe after meeting with LASTMA leadership and heads of other security agencies in the State at LASTMA head office in Oshodi to address the traffic situation and the unfortunate killing of a LASTMA officer last week.
He said the state government would not fold its arms and allow the violation of the laws, hence the decision to order enforcement of the laws with immediate effect, urging all the relevant security agencies to henceforth strictly enforce the provisions of the State traffic laws to bring about sanity on the roads.
The Governor also ordered the State Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice to immediately increase the number of Mobile Court in the State from five to twenty to summarily prosecute traffic offenders to serve as deterrent to others who might want to indulge in the violation of traffic laws.
He said, “Government will go down and deal squarely with any traffic offender from this moment onward. We cannot allow people to continue to commit offences for which we need to discipline for.
‘’ We don’t want people to take advantage and say this is Christmas or election period, we have majority of our people to protect and we have the majority of our people to also make sure that they use the roads safely. So, we will not allow traffic offenders to go scot-free anymore.”
While commiserating with LASTMA over the killing of one of its officers, Mr Rotimi Adeyemo, Ambode said the incident was one too many and announced the approval of N10 million compensation to the family of the deceased officer.