Ekiti State Sector of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) yesterday said that it would henceforth arrest any motorcycle rider found not wearing a crash helmet in the state.
The state Sector Commander, Mr. Kumvent Rindom who issued the warning, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, that with the flag off of “Operation Use Helmet” in the state by the corps, all motorbike riders were expected to comply.
Rimdom noted that the move became necessary so as to reduce to the barest minimum if not eradicate accidents involving motorcyclists in the state and environ as being recorded on a daily basis.
He stressed that erring motorcyclists, either private or commercial would not only be arrested but their motorbikes be impounded by officers of the command and fines would be paid before such bikes are released to them.
The FRSC boss, who lamented the alarming rate of death among the Okada riders especially at the slightest accident, posited that “some of these accidents, leading to the death of these motorcyclists could have been averted, but for non use of crash Helmets”.
FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr. Osita Chidoka had earlier introduced compulsory use of crash helmets for motorcyclists in 2009, which was greeted with a high level of compliance only for the order to be jettisoned later.