Wednesday 26 September 2012


Ordinarily, driving on roads in Lagos State is hazardous; what with the reckless way people handle their vehicles, especially commercial drivers who are notorious for their disdain for obeying traffic rules. However, findings by the state government have confirmed what many Lagos residents have all along suspected: many of the drivers are driving under various deleterious influences. The state Ministry of Health, along with the Ministry of Transport, determined to ensure safer highways within the city, organized a screening for commercial drivers in which they discovered that many of the drivers drive under the influence of alcohol, hard drugs or are even unhealthy. In all, 2,002 drivers from different motor parks in Alimosho Local Government Area, one of the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) in the state were screened. Of the lot, 1,945 were not fit to drive. Giving details of the findings Tuesday, the state government put the number of drivers who tested positive to cocaine and marijuana following the tests at 441 and vowed to prosecute those addicted to hard drugs if the trend “does not change”:

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