A Federal Road Safety Corps Official has called for a stringent law to reduce road accidents stating that the introduction of sharia law will curtail excesses of motorists.
The official, Yusuf Abdullahi emphasized the need to include the Islamic law into the prosecution of traffic offenders in order to enforce discipline and obedience to traffic laws.
Abdullahi, in an interview with News Agency Nigeria, reiterated that motorists are fond of flouting traffic laws because they know that the extant laws are not stringent enough.
His words: “Let us introduce Sharia Law into road crashes, and people will wake up. Our people are too careless, and the vehicle owners don’t bother to check them.
“If we don’t introduce Sharia Law, many road users, especially in this area, would not start thinking twice before doing whatever they want to do.
“The introduction of Sharia Law will curtail bad behaviour, as most of the crashes are due to negative attitudes by motorists and other road users.
“People don’t want to take a rest; they over speed because they want to make money.
“If the law is introduced, by the time you are involved in a crash, it would be investigated; the guilty and his family would also be responsible for anything that happens in that vehicle.
“In a situation where the driver lost his life to a crash, if found guilty, the owner of the vehicle would also be held responsible as it would be revealed that he didn’t do his homework before giving out the vehicle.
“The extant law is working, however, the extent to which it works is very important because in countries where Sharia Law is being implemented, it guides attitudinal conduct to a level that even relatives and friends guide their relations in terms of what to do or not do.
“If stiffer penalties are being attached to road traffic crash offenders, it will go a long way to help us stem all drivers and other road users and make them drive carefully to avoid crashes.
“That is why the Sharia law will be better. If you look at the countries where it is being practiced, it is everybody’s business because your relations and friends know that it cannot be compromised”.
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