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To improve transparency in traffic management and enforcement, the Lagos State Government has deployed more body cameras to the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) personnel.
The event which took place at the weekend during the visit of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa to the LASTMA headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos State had the LASTMA Personnel issued more body cameras with the pledge to keep them working for increased credibility and confidence in the delivering of effective traffic management and enforcement.
Explaining the reason for the redeployment of the gadgets, the Special Adviser stated that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration has brought lots of technological innovations to address the transport challenges of the State of which the body camera was one, for accurate traffic management among many other benefits.
Expressing his optimism of the bodycam to be able to deliver authentic traffic law violation reports or complaints as the case may be, Giwa further assured that the bodycam will provide accurate validation of any tale rendered by both the Law Enforcement Officers and Motorists, adding that the pictorial evidences will also help in investigating complaints lodged by aggrieved motorists.
On the operation of the camera, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, the LASTMA General Manager, assured that the LASTMA Officers have been duly trained on its use and are thus capable of handling the gadget, adding that the camera would have a significant impact on deviant behavior on the road.
He went on to say that the bodycam initiative is a win-win situation for both law enforcement officers and motorists because detailed recordings will put to rest frequent arguments about traffic law violations.
According to a LASTMA Officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity at the gathering, what excites Officers the most about the device is that it adds another layer of security by discouraging would-be attackers from carrying out their heinous crimes knowing they would be captured by the bodycam.