FRSC ‎Records 48% Reduction In Road Crashes During Sallah Celebration

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Friday said there was 48
percent reduction in all road traffic crash indices during the 2017
Eid El Kabir festivities compared to those of 2016.

According to a report by the Corps’ Public Education Officer, Bisi
Kazeem, a total of 136 road traffic accidents were recorded nationwide
in 2017 compared to 201 cases in 2016 within the period, representing
a 48-per-cent reduction.

He stated that the number of people killed dropped by 23 per cent from
97 in 2016 to 79 in 2017.
According to him, a total of 322 vehicles were involved in crashes in
2016 as against 221 in 2017, representing a reduction rate of 46 per
cent.

Part of the report read that “When you look at the number of people
involved, we had 1,445 in 2016 and 1,031 in 2017, that is, a
40-per-cent reduction.

“The number of people injured also dropped by 68 per cent from 671 in
2016 to 400 in 2017, while 677 were rescued unhurt in 2016 as against
552 this year, which is 23 per cent reduction,’’

He disclosed that the major contributor to the fatalities was an
accident that occurred at Ugoneki on the Benin-Agbor-Asaba highway on
Sept. 1 in which 19 people died.

On traffic offences committed during the period, the FRSC spokesman
said there was a 39.6-per-cent reduction from a total of 9,308
recorded in 2016 to 6,668 in 2017; whereas 8,522 traffic law offenders
were apprehended in 2016, the figure dropped to 5,867 in 2017
representing a reduction rate of 45.2 per cent.

Kazeem added that speed violation remained the most prevalent offence
with 2,372 cases recorded in 2016 and 1,521 this year.

Meanwhile, the FRSC has expressed its readiness for the 2017 Ember
Month special patrol nationwide to ensure accident-free Yuletide.

Kazeem noted that the Corps Marshal had directed all the field
commands to immediately launch their ember month patrol exercise, with
the unit, sector and zonal commands to follow at different dates.

According to him, “we are focusing on sensitisation, appealing to
people to take it easy so as not to kill themselves and to remind them
of the fact that Ember months are just ordinary months. They are not
months full of mysteries or where evil spirits are around sucking
blood as believed in some quarters.
“They are just months where there is always increase in both human
and vehicular traffic, where commercial motorists, due to availability
of passengers tend to overload or run many trips within the shortest
possible time to make more money,’’ he said.

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