The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has disclosed plans of the state to “introduce a law that will enforce death sentence on reckless drivers” who are responsible for their passengers' deaths.
He also said that "such drivers will also be compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost".
Matawalle disclosed this during a condolence visit to the Emir of Gusau, Ibrahim Bello, over the deaths of 15 people from the Emirate; he was accompanied by members of his Executive Council and the BUA Group Management.
The 15 individuals were killed by a reckless truck driver who drove into the vehicle that conveyed them along the Gusau/Funtua road last week Wednesday.
He said that the state government would introduce drug tests on drivers that ply major roads in the state.
“Drug tests will also be conducted on drivers passing along the major roads in the state in order to guard against rough and reckless driving which usually end up in fatalities,” he said.
A sum of N2 million was given to each family of the deceased, if they were married, and N1.5 million if they weren't.