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Driver Bags Six-Month Jail For Overloading In Anambra

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A middle-aged lorry driver has been sentenced to a six-month jail term by a mobile court in Awka, Anambra State for overloading.

The court presided over by Chief Magistrate I. Anyadiegwu, however, gave the suspect the option of a fine.

The vehicle was impounded by officials of the state Federal Road Safety Corps on Tuesday near the Awmaubia flyover, along the Awka-Onitsha Expressway.

Anambra FRSC Sector Commander, Adeoye Irelewuyi, disclosed in his office in Awka, on Thursday, adding that the driver was arraigned immediately before the court upon apprehension.

He said, “The overloaded vehicle was impounded at our head office here in Awka and incidentally, the mobile court was sitting same day.

“So, he was arraigned immediately in court and the chief magistrate presiding over the court handed him a six-month jail term with an option of fine.”

Irelewuyi, who warned that overloading is a dangerous road practice that has led to a severe fatality on the roads, also advised motorists to desist from such an anomaly.

He stressed that the command under his watch will continue its operations to arrest road users and drivers who continue to violate road rules in this regard.

He also assured all that mobile court operations will be intensified to ensure prompt prosecution of offenders, to serve as a deterrent to others.

“Overloading is a practice that can increase the probability of fatality in a crash because when an overloaded vehicle crashes, the driver and the passengers may not have the chance of escaping from the crash, as the goods may fall on them and even cause more death than the crash itself.

”So, we appeal to road users to desist from overloading their vehicles either with goods or passengers.

“All these we are doing to drive down to the barest minimum, the rate of road traffic crashes in the state. All we are soliciting for is the support and cooperation of the general public to make our roads safer and more peaceful,” he added.


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