The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), CP Babaji Sunday, psc has ordered all the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the FCT and their supervisory Area Commanders to ensure the full enforcement of the prohibition of all kinds of car and speed races in their respective Area of Responsibility (AoR).
This was contained in a press statement by the Spokesperson of the command DSP Josephine Adeh, anipr.
The CP gave the enforcement order following public outcry on the menace of recklessness, risk to lives, damages to personal property and critical national infrastructure and imposed hardship in traffic navigation caused by illegal car racing, acceleration contests, speed competitions or test of physical endurance, amongst others, in the FCT.
Babaji noted that Section 228 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 is clear on the prohibition of any car race, drag race, acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, exhibition of speed, etc.
Consequently, he warned that any person or group caught organizing or participating in the prohibited car racing event would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
He equally advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards to desist from the act of illegal car racing and speed competition, as the practice or involvement is against the law.
The FCT Police boss, while seeking the understanding and cooperation of residents, said his Command will continue to do all within its powers to ensure the safety of all in the FCT.
He reiterated that the measure is part of efforts aimed at ensuring a completely hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The CP equally urged residents to take advantage of the Command’s emergency numbers – 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883, to promptly report any suspicious movement or threat to public peace, safety and security in the FCT.