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Motorists caught driving with earphones or AirPods risk six months in jail –FRSC

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has released a statement mandating motorists to steer away from all sorts of distraction while driving.

They said that henceforth, any driver caught receiving a call with any gadget including wireless devices like AirPods or earpiece will be sentenced to six months in jail.

Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, disclosed this in an interview with Punch.

He said;

“It 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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