The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has described the act of using mobile phone while driving as unsafe and can endanger lives of other road users, cause road traffic accident, injury and death.
The Unit Commander of FRSC in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra, Mr Bamidele Ayanwale made the assertion while delivering a lecture at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka.
The programme was organised by the department of Religion and Human Relations, Faculty of Art, NAU, to send forth final year students.
Ayanwale who was represented by Mr Chinedu Okonkwo from Oraifite Command, said the FRSC Establishment Act 2007, Section 10 (4), prohibited the use of phones while driving for obvious reasons.
According to him, the use of phones while driving has been identified as one of the major causes of road crashes in recent times.
“No message or call is as important as your life and what that means is that all messages or calls can wait. So many drivers and innocent people have died owing to distraction from the use of phones while driving.
“If you receive a call or message while you are driving, the best thing to do is to pull over safely and answer the call if you feel it is very important.
“If you don’t pull over to answer that call, you will be distracted. You can look we control of the vehicle and crash or ram into other vehicles or hit pedestrians.
“Use of mobile phones while driving have remained a growing concern to safety on Nigeria roads which is why we advised motorists to always obey FRSC officials and to also obey traffic rules and regulations at all times,” he said
The FRSC boss also urged motorists to equally avoid speeding and drinking of alcohol while driving, stating that these were also factors responsible for road accidents.
He charged the students to be change agents and ambassador of road safety in their communities by passing the message to the public.
In his remarks, Staff Adviser of the department, Dr Anayo Ossai urged the outgoing students to utilise the trainingd acquired from the school to become self employed and self reliant.
“No time to lazy around and stay unemployed, with your training and knowledge, acquire more skill to be useful to yourself and the society,” he said.
The programme featured award ceremony where the Unit Commander of FRSC in Oraifite, Mr Bamidele Ayanwale, was recognised for his outstanding efforts at ensuring safety on Anambra roads.