The Akwa Ibom State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps said 65 persons had been arrested for various traffic offences and secured the conviction of 63 of them during the Christmas and New Year celebration.

The Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Oghenekaro, said at a briefing on Thursday that all the offenders were given the option of fine depending on the severity of the offences committed.

The offences include non-use of seat-belt, use of expired and worn-out tyres, use of mobile phones, overloading and failure to install speed limiting devices on vehicles.

The sector commander said the mobile court had been part of the enforcement strategy to reduce road traffic crashes in the state.

Oghenekaro stated, “The command, during the last festive period, arrested 65 traffic offenders, convicted 63 and discharged two.

“The use of mobile court has really helped us to reduce road crashes in the country, especially during the festive periods like Christmas and New Year special patrol operations and we will continue to use it in prosecuting traffic offenders.

“The mobile court has yielded a lot of result because the moment a court sentences anyone, the person has no option but to pay the fine or be committed to prison.”

He appealed to motorists and other road users in the state to adhere strictly to safety rules and regulations to stay alive this year.

The sector commander reminded drivers and motorists to begin their journeys on time, check their tyre pressure and brakes before embarking on their trips, especially during the harmattan period.

He assured motorists and Akwa Ibom residents that the command would not relent in its efforts to sensitise drivers to the need to obey traffic rules and regulations to ensure safety.