The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC says it is working hard on reducing road traffic crashes by 15 per cent and fatality by 20 per cent using a 2019 feat as baseline.
Mr Henry Benamaisia, the Sector Commander for Edo who disclosed this said it is part of the Corps’s deployment of homegrown initiatives to achieve better motoring environment.
Benamaisia, was speaking at the inauguration of the ’ember’ months campaign in Benin, with the theme, ‘Drive Safe, Stay Safe’, in line with the corps’ corporate strategic goal for 2020.
He explained that available records still showed that December and January recorded highest crash rates compared to other months annually, adding that there was the need to do things differently in order to get it right.
He said that initiatives deployed include manning of potential accident prone areas and intensified public enlightenment, stakeholders’ collaboration, deployment of standby rescue teams and tow trucks for the removal of all manners of obstruction.

He also said that the corps would beef up enforcement on traffic offences bearing more directly to crashes.

“We cannot pretend that one organisation can do it alone, and evidence-based decision must be made this season. Hence the need for collaboration with other sister agencies.”

The sector commander noted that the festive period was usually characterised by increased vehicular movement which resulted in huge demand on the limited road space.

He said that this had often led to the neglect of safe driving practices and the ultimate price was usually road traffic crashes with many being fatal.

He added that it was pertinent to note that as the hustle and bustle of the yuletide geared up in the coming weeks, all must make efforts to adhere strictly to government approved COVID-19 guidelines.

Similarly, Mr Emmanuel Abe, the Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) for zone RS 5, comprising Edo and Delta, in his remarks said that human life was more important than any ceremony.

Abe said that it was erroneous for people to say that people died more during yuletide due to negative forces.

He added that man was responsible for avoidable deaths due to traffic crashes during the yuletide as many lacked vehicle maintenance culture and were sometimes also guilty of exceeding speed limits.

The FRSC boss appealed to all stakeholders to work together to ensure safety on the roads, adding that the FRSC was not against any motorist using the roads appropriately.

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