Traffic Violation: LASTMA Officials To Carry Body Cameras

LASTMA
Olajide Oduyoye
  • LASTMA has said that officials of the agency will begin to monitor traffic violation with the use of smart body cameras.
  • The agency stated that the body cameras on officers would help capture various incidences across major roads in the state.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Olajide Oduyoye, on Friday, said officials of the agency will begin to monitor traffic violation with the use of smart body cameras.

The LASTMA boss made this known while speaking on Channels Television’s programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’.

“Technology is the way to go. Our Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is on top of that. He approved the deployment of technology for us to improve our communication last year 2020.

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“This year, we are definitely hoping to start in the next few weeks what you will say are non-approachable offence dealings. That means we are going to be having body cameras on officers to capture incidences because things happen so fast and you can’t really say let me get my camera. But if you have your body camera on that is recording, then, you can capture all sorts of different things that you can use against offenders,” the LASTMA general manager said.

Oduyoye also lamented that chronic traffic violators do remove traffic signs to deliberately disobey road laws.

Traffic Violation: LASTMA Officials To Carry Body Cameras

“Those who willfully disobey traffic signs go in the middle of the night to remove those signs. When they are caught, they will say that there were no signs. They go and remove the signs to prove they aren’t aware of the signs. This happens all the time,” he said.

The LASTMA general manager further disclosed that a Sports Utility Vehicle driver, Sunday Okodo, who was caught in a viral video driving against traffic and tipping a policeman over a bridge along the International Airport Road, Lagos, has been taken to court and charged with two counts of attempted murder and traffic violation.

He added that the police inspector identified as David Zapaina, who was tipped over the bridge, has been discharged from hospital.

Oduyoye, therefore, warned road users to obey traffic laws and not attempt to flee when caught.

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