The Governor of Zamfara State, Mallam Bello Matawalle has declared plans of his administration to introduce a law that will enforce death sentence on reckless drivers who cause the death of their passengers.
He alos added that, “Such drivers will also be compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost.”
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These plans were made public when the governor spoke at a condolence meeting which he paid to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, over the death of 15 persons from the Emirate. Matawalle was accompanied by members of his executive council and the management of BUA Group on the condolence visit.
Matawalle expressed sadness over the death of the 15 persons who lost their lives as a result of reckless driving by a truck driver who ran into their vehicles last Wednesday along Gusau/Funtua Road.
He said his administration would introduce speed limit gauge on highways, as well as weight measurement on trucks.
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The governor also noted that drug tests would be conducted on drivers plying the major roads in the state in order to guard against reckless driving.
According to Matawalle these measures had become necessary to curb reckless driving. In addition, reckless drivers and their families would no longer think they would have it easy if they killed anyone.
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“The lives of the citizens of the state are more valuable than any other thing,” he said.
He announced a donation of N2m to the families of each of the deceased who were married, and N1.5m to the families of those who were unmarried. Matawalle also declared that each of the families would be receiving a monthly allowance of N50,000, till the end of his tenure.