The Federal Road Safety Corps has said drivers who make calls while driving even with wireless gadgets like Airpods and earpiece risk bagging a six-month jail term.
NEWS MAIL NG reports Bisi Kazeem, FRSC Public Education Officer revealed this during an interview with Punch. He said driving needs full concentration. He added that the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012 stipulates that it is illegal to make calls while driving.
“It is illegal. Driving entails 100 per cent concentration so you cannot be distracted. It is there in the regulation. It is clear from the provisions of Reg 166 (1) that it is illegal to make phone call using EarPods earphone or whatever means.
It is also clear that phone call is not restricted to telephone conversation between two or more people.
Anything that will distract you while driving must be avoided. When we do public enlightenment, we even discourage drivers talking to passengers which could cause distraction.
The law may not make it an offence but at the same time, it can distract you, even changing your cassette (while driving) can distract you and result to accident.” he said