Motorists in Anambra State have been advised to obey traffic rules or face full weight of the law.
The Director of Operations, Anambra Road Traffic Management Agency, ATMA, Mr. Samuel Ezenduka gave the advice, on Monday, while speaking to journalists on the level of their preparedness to tackle traffic congestion in Onitsha commercial city and it environs during the yuletide and beyond.
Ezenduka noted that the main challenge they face in traffic management is man-made but said they have deployed their men at strategic points, who will run on shift basis to ensure they work day and night.
He lamented the attitude of some commercial bus drivers who take to the road vehicles that should be off the road this period to make quick money, pointing out that such vehicles spoil on the road thereby causing gridlock.
The ATMA Director warned such drivers to desist from using such vehicles because they will face the consequences of their action once the vehicles are impounded.
He further said that drivers of impounded vehicles must be compelled to go for psychiatric test and also do a public service.
Ezenduka also used the opportunity to warn those who display their wares along the road to stop henceforth to avoid falling victim and pleaded with Anambra people to give maximum support for the agency to enable it discharge it duties effectively.
He also advised his officers to work according to laid down rules while urging the state citizenry to report any misconduct on the part of the ATMA officials, sending strong warning to beggars who occupy pedestrians crossing at MCC and Uga Junction to relocate or risk being taken to court.