The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has assured residents of the state that its traffic personnel are on ground to adequately manage traffic, before, during and after the festive period.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, gave the assurance in a statement issued by LASTMA’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mr Olumide Filade, in Lagos on Wednesday.
Oreagba was strategising with the Comptrollers and Zonal Heads at LASTMA headquarters in Lagos.
He explained that the season was usually characterised by high volume of human and vehicular movements and as such, extra effort would be required to contain it.
The general manager noted that all motorists were urged to maintain speed limits as they embarked on their journey into, within and outside the state.
“Entry and exit points into Lagos will be fully manned by our officers for adequate control and management of traffic.
“Major entry/exit roads in Lagos such as Lagos – Ibadan, Lagos – Abeokuta, Lagos -Badagry, Lekki-Epe Expressways and Lagos – Ikorodu – Sagamu highway, would be adequately covered by our personnel for smooth and seamless traffic flow.
“Major road intersections are not left out in our strategy for coverage by our officers to ensure a traffic-free yuletide and ‘ember months end season for all Lagos residents and visitors,” he said.
Oreagba further said that as a responsive way of strategising to ensure free traffic flow, the agency had put in place various arrangements to make the yuletide an enjoyable one.
He listed some of these measures to include ensuring less travel time through efficient and effective traffic management.
He said that LASTMA officers’ presence would be felt at all the major roads intersections along with regular and consistent patrols, especially along notorious traffic flashpoints.
The general manager said that all road users must adhere strictly to the traffic law at all times, not only to avoid accidents but to also prevent avoidable arrest and prosecution.
“Everybody prays to experience the joyous season, be alive to witness the season and even beyond the season. We must, therefore, be moderate in the celebration of the season.
“Do not drink and drive and don’t constitute yourself and other road users to danger on the road, as the law will not be spared in dealing with errant road users who want to infringe on other people’s right to use the roads safely,” he said.
Oreagba said that to achieve a traffic-free Lagos, all motorists must maintain lane discipline, obey traffic rules and regulations as stated in the traffic law of the state.
He warned that all acts of indiscipline and unruly behaviour by road users would not be tolerated.