FRSC: Continuous sensitisation will reduce accidents on Nigerian roads

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday identified frequent sensitisation of motorists as a path to reducing rate of accidents on the Nigerian roads.

The FRSC Head of Public Enlightenment, Zaria Unit Command, Malam Idris Yahaya stated this at a sensitisation campaign held at Dadi Motor Park, Kwangila, Zaria, Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yahaya spoke on “Safe Driving critical to Safe Arrival.”

He said that accidents are caused either by the driver or the passenger, adding that motorists and passengers’ attitude towards traffic rules and regulations is significant to safe arrival.

Yahaya advised motorists to avoid drugs, alcohol or any intoxication before driving or while on wheels.

The officer identified offenses by the commission to include reckless driving, use of cell phones while driving, overloading, over speeding and non installation of speed limit device on vehicles.

“The essence of speed limiting device is just to regulate the speed of your vehicle. If your vehicle’s total speed is 140km/h or 180km/p, you are expected to not go beyond 100km/h. There are some vehicles that are expected to move just 80km/h.

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“We are working hard to reduce the rate of accident in Nigeria to 25 per cent and to reduce severity of injury to 15 per cent.

“We cannot achieve success in all these without your full cooperation, hence the need for you to comply and cooperate with us and I urge you to pass the information to others not present here,” he said.

On his part, the Chairman, NURTW Flyover, Malam Lawal Dan-Small urged the commission to provide a direct phone number in the event of emergency.

He said that the initial number given by the commission takes time before connecting.

He solicited for collaboration between the union, FRSC and road marshal in filling the potholes around flyover to reduce traffic holdup.

Dan-Small also complained of delay in obtaining driver’s license even after fulfilling all the mandatory processes.

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Malam Abubakar Adam, Chairman, RTEN noted that the problem of overloading had since been addressed for drivers loading inside the park, arguing that overload was only found with those loading by the roadside.

Also contributing, the NATO Chairman, Malam Umar Aliyu called on the FRSC to advise the Federal Government to speed up efforts toward completion of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway.

“Most of the time, when one lane of the expressway is blocked, a lot of accidents do occur.

“And when blocking the road, let them reduce the length, because sometimes it takes many kilometers of single lane which often cause accidents due to impatience of drivers,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sensitisation campaign attracted drivers, officials of the three unions, passengers among other interested individuals.

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