Stiffer penalties for offenders as Fashola signs new traffic laws
09 January, 2008 12:00:00 JOSHUA BASSEY
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This was the statement of Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, has he yesterday signed two new bills bordering on traffic management in the state into law. They are the Lagos Sate Road Traffic Law and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) laws, as amended.

With the new laws, traffic offenders on Lagos roads risk a fine of N50, 000 or three months imprisonment on conviction. Offences attracting the penalties include abandonment of vehicles on the roads, driving against traffic flow, popularly known as "One Way," overloading as well as over speeding.

Under the new laws, the driver, car owner and passengers in any apprehended vehicles are liable and could be charged together, unless they are able to prove beyond reasonable doubt they cautioned the driver against the offence for which the vehicle has been apprehended.