FRSC explains stance regarding using Google Maps while driving

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cleared the air; regarding statements attributed to the organization on the use of Google Maps while driving.

This was in the aftermath of criticism; which trailed a statement attributed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sector commander; Ayuba Gora, on Wednesday, November 27.

It was reported that Gora claimed the use of Google Maps while driving is a serious traffic offence.

However, the spokesman for the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem on Thursday; clarified the misunderstanding saying the Abuja Sector Commander was misquoted.

This statement was also made public via the verified handle of the organization.

He disclosed that FRSC “as a technology-driven organisation is not; and has never stood against the use of google maps by motorists.”

“We have always enlightened the public on the position of the law on use of phone while driving which the Sector Commander tried to emphasize during the flag off.”

Kazeem said the statement which generated furore on Wednesday buttresses “the position of the Corps; which is that any driver who intends to deploy the use of Google map; while driving must have it set on the phone before embarking on the journey; not while the vehicle is already in motion as this could be dangerous to the driver and other road users, and can lead to road traffic crash.”

He also disclosed that “use of phone for whatever purpose; be it text, voice calls, chats, browsing, setting google map to find location etc while driving could be distractive and can easily lead to loss of concentration.

“This has led to many road traffic crashes with attendant loss of lives and properties.”

FRSC advised motorists who intend to deploy the use of google map on their phone; to activate such before setting the vehicle in motion so as to ensure 100 per cent concentration on the wheels.

Ng daily

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