The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) has today, Saturday, August 6, warned motorists especially commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as ‘okada riders’ and tricyclists ‘keke marwa’ against various traffic offences causing road traffic crashes.
The agency’s Area 4 Commander, Cdr Adekunle Ariyo Ajibade ably represented by Cdr Ojo Temitayo, why addressing okada riders at a road traffic enlightenment campaign organised by LiveSpot in partnership with Nestle Nigeria Plc, a non-governmental organisations (NGO), at Oju-Ore on Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state, said motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and are extremely involving in crashes and casualties, noting that riders are more likely to die in any crash than drivers or passengers in cars.
He attributed the causes of this to disobedience to traffic rules, saying there is need for riders and motorcyclists to always ensure safety at all times.
According to Commander Ajibade, motorcycle riders are riding contrary to traffic regulations, forgetting that lives have no duplicate, noting that all okada riders are always expected to go within specified driving limits, wear crash helmet, avoid wrongful overtaking and very necessary to ride with retro-reflective jacket especially at night.
“It is highly necessary for okada riders to stop the idea of competing with vehicles or riding between two vehicles while on the road. Riding a power bike doesn’t make anyone immune to traffic laws, especially when it has to do with riding against traffic popularly refers to as ‘one-way’ which is highly dangerous to road users and even pedestrians.
“Any motorbike caught violating the state traffic laws will made to face the music,” he added.
The programme have in attendant of all transport stakeholders, Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other security agencies.