“Use earphones or AirPods while driving and risk jail term” – FRSC warns motorists

The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned drivers who receive or make telephone calls while driving, regardless of any wireless gadget (AirPods or earpiece), that they stand a risk of bagging a six-month jail term.

This was made known by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, during an interview with Punch.

According to Kazeem, driving requires total concentration and road users should not take any risk on their lives. He said it is illegal to make calls or receive the same while driving, according to the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012. He said;

β€œIt is illegal. Driving entails 100 per cent concentration so you cannot be distracted. It is there in the regulation. It is clear from the provisions of Reg 166 (1) that it is illegal to make phone call using EarPods earphone or whatever means.

It is also clear that phone call is not restricted to telephone conversation between two or more people.

Anything that will distract you while driving must be avoided. When we do public enlightenment, we even discourage drivers talking to passengers which could cause distraction.

The law may not make it an offence but at the same time, it can distract you, even changing your cassette (while driving) can distract you and result to accident.”

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