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Motorists using earphones including AirPods risk 6-month jail — FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists against using gadgets either wireless or wired while driving.

According to FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, it is illegal to make calls or receive same while driving, not even with Airpods or Earbuds, according to the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012.

Kazeem said, “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 a phone call using EarPods earphones 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 from 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 in accident”.

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