On every road there are road users which include:
- Children, etc.
As a road user, it is expected that road be used in accordance with rules and regulations. Every road user should be discipline, careful and considerate to other road users to ensure safer road, thereby avoiding road crashes, arrest and/or prosecution.
Some law enforcement agents have the right to arrest and prosecute person(s) reasonably suspected to have committed any traffic offences.
Major traffic offences are as follows:
- Obstruction of any section of the road with vehicle or in any other way which may affect free flow of traffic.
- Using a restricted road which is marked “One way” or “No entry”
- Not obeying speed limits on the road
- Driving a vehicle without a valid learner’s permit, driver’s license or any other permit required by law
- Wrong overtaking
- Disobeying the traffic light
- Disobeying or disregarding road signs or pavement markings
- Driving a vehicle, a two or three wheel cycle on any road in a reckless or negligent manner that may endanger other road users
- Driving a vehicle or motorcycle with forged vehicle papers
- Driving a vehicle or motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving a vehicle or motorcycle or any other mechanically propelled engine that can result in the damage to any public presence, street light, traffic light, road signs, etc.
- Engage in any act of commission or omission which may constitute hazard to other road users
- Using a road that is under construction
- Failing to move over to a slow lane to free up traffic flow
- Not covering gravel or other unstable material with tarpaulin or strong plastic to stop it from spilling on the road when conveying it
- Not displaying number plates on the front and rear side of the vehicle
- Loading a vehicle above the weight or number of passengers required by law
- Driving a vehicle with a projected load
- Obstructing a marshal in the performance of his or her duty
- Driving a vehicle with damaged or shattered windscreen
- Driving a vehicle with warn out tyres or without a spare tyre
- Driving a vehicle that is mechanically deficient
- Driving a vehicle without fire extinguisher
- Assault a marshal on duty
- Attempt to corrupt a marshal on duty
- Traffic offenders failing to report in designated places
- Driving a vehicle that emits excessive smoke
- Use of mobile phones while driving
- Driving under 18years of age
- Vehicle not to fitted with inner rear and side mirror
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Not using your headlight in inclement weather
- Fail to signal when changing lanes, making a turn or pulling in front of another vehicle
- Not properly securing under age children in an approved child seat or booster seat
- Travelling in the bed of a pick-up truck
- Not using seat belt while driving
- Not paying any prescribed fine or other fees under the law
- To drive with one hand
- Being on the road without lights or faulty light, signs or reflector or wrongful use of signals
This article covers major/common traffic offences you should be conversant with.
Knowing these offences will help guide your actions on the road to avoid being fined or prosecuted.
HSEWatch is an all-encompassing Health and Safety platform. Always visit HSEWatch for Insightful HSE articles, HSE Jobs, HSE Training opportunities and HSE news.
If you have any question as related to health and Safety, feel free to ask us, we will guide you as much as possible.
You can also advertise your Health and Safety related products and services here on HSEWatch, contact us today on – Ubongeh4life@gmail.com
We are waiting to be of service to you