The yuletide is drawing near and it is a period characterised by road accidents due to the increased desire of drivers to move from one town to another as many times as possible.

In the midst of this brisk money making quest, accidents are usually blamed on demons, but the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) wants drivers to stop blaming demons attached to ember months and be more careful.

The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said 238 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol between January and September 2017.

The FRSC boss said that the corps were also working assiduously to ensure that there was change of attitude among motorists before, during and after the Yuletide.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime, but the porous nature of implementation of such laws has made more drunk drivers than it has punished people.

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To check the development at this time of more travels, unions in the transport sector in Lagos say they would begin to punish any of their members found driving under the influence of alcohol or other dangerous substances.

The state chairmen of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

One of the things the union is doing at this time, according to Tajudeen Agbede, Lagos State Chairman, NURTW, is the sensitisation of its members on safe driving during the busy festive periods.

Any driver that tests positive to FRSC breathalyzer on the highways would be punished especially now that members have been admonished to obey traffic rules and regulations at all times while driving.

“We are determined to reduce accidents during the ember months, especially during the December festivities, and have told our members repeatedly to drive safely on the roads.

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“The union has organised various enlightenment, training and awareness programmes for the members, to keep them informed on the road signs,’’ he said.

Passengers can also contribute to checking the use of alcohol by commercial drivers by ensuring that they board vehicles at motor parks whenever they are travelling, verify the state of drivers of vehicles they board and also fill the manifest form before leaving.

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