SALLAH PATROLS: FRSC DEPLOYS 15,000 STAFF, 918 VEHICLES and Establishes 9 Help Areas Along Major Corridors Nationwide
Further to sustained efforts towards ensuring sanity on the highways during this year’s Eid-el- Fitri celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed 15,000 personnel, 800 patrol vehicles, 60 motor bikes, 52 ambulances and 6 heavy duty tow trucks along critical corridors of the highways as part plans for a nationwide special patrol slated for 25th – 29th July, 2014 with the theme, ‘Attitude: the change we need on our roads’.
In a stamens signed by the Corps, Public Education Officer ACM Jonas Agwu, The exercise is in line with the Corps’ continued drive to achieve its 2014 strategic goals of reducing road traffic crashes by 15% and fatalities by 25% especially during the festive season, which has also being designed to address the perennial rise in the violation of traffic rules and regulations during the Eid-el Fitri celebrations.
According to the statement, the special patrol is aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually associated with surge of human and vehicular traffic across the country and is an all inclusive exercise which will witness intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the country.
Aside from massive deployment of personnel and logistics along designated corridors and black spots, the FRSC has established 9 Help Areas along Hawa Kibo, Akwanga, Gwagwalada, Lokoja, Ore, Egbeda, Mowe, Oghere and Kakau highways, in addition to the establishment of mobile courts at specific locations across the country for quick dispensation with road traffic offences.
Speaking on the Sallah special patrol, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi said that the nationwide exercise ‘ forms part of the Corps’ sustained efforts to build on its Ember months and Easter campaigns which to a large extent, will be sustained towards the end of the year to mitigate against road crashes”. He added that “the FRSC has initiated a consistent tradition of enforcing traffic rules and regulations throughout the year to avoid a one-off approach to road safety management in Nigeria’.
He added ‘ the Operation Eid-el Fitri 2014’ special patrol signifies the intension of the Corps to do all within its powers to ensure that zero road crashes, injuries and deaths are recorded throughout the sallah period”.
Against this backdrop, motorists are hereby warned to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of vehicles which ply the highways as there will be no waiver for any traffic violations.
As build up towards crash-free sallah celebration, the FRSC has initiated a 24- hour prompt response to distress calls and urges the Nigerian motoring public to contact 070022553772 or toll free 122 emergency lines in the event of any road crash and other traffic related challenges.