Lagos to ban smoking in public Reviewed by Momizat on . In line with efforts by the international community to clampdown on smoking, the Lagos state government has announced plans to ban smoking in public places in t In line with efforts by the international community to clampdown on smoking, the Lagos state government has announced plans to ban smoking in public places in t Rating:
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Lagos to ban smoking in public

In line with efforts by the international community to clampdown on smoking, the Lagos state government has announced plans to ban smoking in public places in the state.

The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, made this known on Monday when he stated that “the provisions of the new traffic laws had prohibited people from drinking or smoking while driving in the state.”

He hinted that the ban on smoking will be an extension of the state’s traffic law which already forbids drivers to drink.

According to Mr Ipaye, “it is an offence to smoke while driving, smoking is totally prohibited for drivers; obviously it is not just for safety reasons it is also for health reasons because we are moving towards banning smoking in all public places.

“It is an offence to drive drunk; if you’ve been taking drugs, this law provides for blood test to determine whether you have ingested drugs which are inconsistent with your ability to drive.”

“So, this law makes it an offence to drive without a driver’s license, without proper plate numbers. It is an offence to use the phone while you are driving except you have hands-free set so you don’t need to put the set to your ear.’’

Ipaye said the government decided to “criminalise” traffic offences and sanction offenders, as part of the strategy to bring the chaotic traffic situation within the metropolis under control.

“We are keeping the roads in good repairs, but still, we have problems, and that problem is made worse by commercial motorcycles, by cart pushers, by even people rearing cattle” he said.

“There seem all of a sudden to be no rules; people just disobey the traffic lights.”

 

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EMPWMAX2HNFYDLFRTS6VG2Z6SE Plasma

    How can a State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice be this naive. “It is an offence to use the phone while you are driving except you have
    hands-free set so you don’t need to put the set to your ear.’’ He does not know that it is the distraction caused by the conversation and not holding the phone that causes accidents. You don’t need two hands to drive. And i really wonder why it is an offence to smoke while driving???

  • 9jah

    Plasma –

    i beg to differ, though your point is so confidently stated. I would suggest that, at least, the use of one hand only is a contributor to road hazards. If the issue were more about conversation distraction, the argument could be made people should not talk to others in the car. Obviously, this is nonsensical.

    By contrast, when you have one hand on your cell, it limits a reaction in which you need to hands to navigate, particularly in naija traffic. a lot of nigeria also drive old stick shift gears, which often need both hands to operate. The same goes for holding a cigarerrete in your hand: imagine the specter of trying to off it, place it before avoiding a small pikin on the road. You may be the naive one.

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