THE Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has pledged to reduce the number of crashes on roads with the cooperation of road safety stakeholders.
At the flag off of the 2018 Ember Months campaign in Enugu, Wednesday, Oyeyemi noted that from September to December 2017, 2,805 crashes were recorded. About 1,602 deaths were recorded involving 20,196 people and 4,503 vehicles.
In an address read on his behalf by the Zonal (South East) Head of Operations, Corps Commander R. N. Monye, Oyeyemi, stated that the FRSC is resolute in its campaign for safe motoring. This he stated “has driven the Corps to map out strategies to achieve the reduction of road traffic crashes by 15 percent and fatalities by 25 percent on yearly basis.”
He noted that for the theme for the 2018 period of festivities usually dubbed ember months, is “Safe Driving Saves Lives, which reinforces the desire of the Corps to reduce crashes.
The strategies are based on enforcement programmes, and enlightenment campaigns “to ensure sanity on the highways.” Both are poised to reduce light violations, drunk driving, dangerous driving, use of mobile phones while driving and conducting of vision acuity tests.
The Corps Marshal warned on the weather conditions, which is “fast changing, hence the need to to make sure the headlamps are in working conditions in case of low visibility.”
He cautioned against the belief that evil forces were responsible for road crashes and fatalities. According to Oyeyemi, crashes are caused by travelers so anxious to visit their loved ones and the desire of commercial drivers to make profit by embarking on more trips and drive long hours without adequate rest.
Uwakwe Ukuta Azikiwe, the Special Adviser, Special Duties to the state governor, who officially flagged off the Yuletide road safety campaign, said that “crashes don’t just happen, they are caused.”
Azikiwe, who represented the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, noted further that in this season, the deployment of safety measures should be the responsibility of both passengers and the drivers.
According to him, “passengers should caution drivers who drive in a manner that endangers the safety of his passengers. The passengers should also ensure that they make use of any tool, like the seat belt that protects them.”