Driving with earphones attracts six months jail term –FRSC
By Matthew Eloyi
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has announced that it is illegal to receive or make telephone calls while driving, regardless of any wireless gadget used for such communications.
The FRSC boss also stated that drivers who make or receive calls behind the wheels with AirPods, EarPods, or any form of wired or wireless earphones and handsfree mode risk six-months in jail.
FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who spoke on behalf of the corps marshal, made the penalty policy known in an interview with newsmen on Saturday.
According to him, driving requires total concentration and road users should not take any risk on their lives.
He said it is illegal to make calls or receive the same while driving, according to the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012.
In his words, “It is illegal. Driving entails 100 percent 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 calls using EarPods, earphones or whatever means.”