In continuation of its efforts to train commercial vehicle operators on safe driving skills on Lagos roads, through public enlightenment, the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) engaged drivers at the Ojota Tipper Garage in a campaign themed: “Unlocking Traffic Gridlock”, recently.
Speaking during the engagement, the Ag. General Manager of LASDRI, Mrs. Afusat Tiamiyu stated that the campaign was organised by the Agency to ensure that more drivers were trained on safe driving and also decongest the traffic gridlock that has featured across Lagos in recent times.
Tiamiyu noted that commercial drivers had attended the mandatory annual in-class training, but many more require training on safe driving to stem the tide of road accidents that occur during the ’ember months’ annually.
“There is an urgent need to unlock the traffic gridlock in Lagos where vehicles are trapped for hours and at a complete standstill on major roads, hence the need for drivers’ education. So far, about 30,000 drivers have been trained since the beginning of this year”, she asserted.
In his remarks, Mr. Modupe Macaulay, representative of the General Manager, LASTMA, explained the causes of road accidents and prevention methods, reiterating the need for road users, especially commercial drivers, to practice defensive driving and also have consideration for other motorists.
According to Macaulay, “Roads are being expanded daily, constructions are ongoing, traffic signs and directions are changing day by day, so it is vital for drivers to be well informed and updated periodically to avoid violating traffic rules”.
On his part, the Director of Operations, Vehicle Inspection Services, Engr. Saheed Adewuyi urged tipper drivers to ensure that all their vehicle documents are valid to avoid being captured by the newly installed Automated Camera Plate Number Detector.
In his contribution, the Director of Training, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Adeyinka Adebiyi, emphasised the importance of safe driving saying, “your safety is in your hands; therefore, adhere to all traffic laws, ensure vehicles are in good condition and know your health status before embarking on any journey”.
Mrs. Bilikis Aiyepola, one of LASDRI trainers, also spoke on the need for the drivers to understand and use traffic signs, road markings, signage and other directional signs as guide while driving on the roads.
Responding, the Acting Chairman of Ojota Tipper Garage, Alh. Yisa Emayo Akegbeyale appreciated LASDRI for bringing the campaign to their park in order to educate drivers, alongside other stakeholders, on the need to be safety conscious while driving.
While advising those in attendance to adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations, Akegbeyale implored those yet to enroll for the mandatory training at LASDRI to register in order to improve their skills.