Nigeria: Zamfara plans death penalty for reckless driving
In a bid to avoid reckless driving, the Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, a Northwestern Nigeria has stated that his administration will soon introduce a law that will enforce death sentence on reckless drivers who cause the death of their passengers.
“Such drivers will also be compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost,” he said.
Punch reported that the governor spoke when he led members of his executive council and the management of BUA Group on a condolence visit to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, over the death of 15 persons from the Emirate.
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.
The governor noted that drug tests would also be conducted on drivers passing along the major roads in the state in order to guard against reckless driving.
Matawalle said the measures had become necessary so that drivers and their families would no longer think they would have it easy if they killed anyone.