The Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) says it arrested a total of 2,868 suspected traffic offenders in 2023.
The Public Relations Officer of the Agency, Mr Nabilusi Abubakar said this when he spoke with our correspondent on Friday in Kano.
He said the number of offenders was lower than the 3,000 recorded in 2022.
“Out of the 2,868 offenders, 542 refused to accept their offences and were taken to our mobile court while 2,283 accepted their offences and paid their charges instantly.
“The remaining 43 arrested were discharged and acquitted by the court.
“In 2023, we confiscated about 25000,000 bottles of beer worth N500 million.
“We handed over the beer to Kano State Hisbah Board for further investigation,” he said.
Abubakar said that the agency had deployed personnel to strategic locations to curtail smuggling of beer into the state from neighbouring states.
“Our plan for this year is to train all our personnel on how to relate with motorists, know more about traffic offences among others.
“We have also translated “Karota laws” into Hausa to help motorists within the state to know more about rules and regulations of the agency,” he said.
The spokesperson said that the agency plans to create awareness for motorists through the media to educate them about the new policy to reduce road offences.
He said that the agency plan to procure more vehicles and power bikes in other make the work easier for its personnel.
He also said that in 2024 the agency plans to employ more personnel for enhanced operations.