To Further sustained efforts towards ensuring sanity on the highways during this year’s Eid-el- Kabir celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed 18,000 personnel including regular and special marshals, 800 patrol vehicles, 60 motor bikes, 52 ambulances and 6 heavy duty tow trucks along critical corridors of the highways as part of plans for a nationwide special patrol slated for 30th September- 12th October, 2014 with the theme, ‘Operation Eid-El-Kabir’.
In a Statement Signed by the Corps Public Education Officer Stella Uchegbu, This exercise which 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, has also being designed in view of expected high vehicular movement and to address the possible tendencies for road traffic regulations violations by motorists during this period.
Aside from massive deployment of personnel and logistics along designated corridors and black spots, the FRSC will also utilise its 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 campaigns which will be sustained through out the end of the year to mitigate against road crashes during the yuletide season”. He added that “the FRSC has a consistent tradition of enforcing traffic rules and regulations throughout the year to avoid a one-off approach to road safety management in Nigeria’.
Oyeyemi also spoke specifically on speed limit violation “ our findings indicate that speed limit violations remain a prevalent factor on road traffic crashes, accounting for 39% of road crashes recorded nationwide between January to August 2014. Out of all causative factors, speed violation, dangerous driving and loss of control which are speed-related, contribute to most crashes on our roads” he added.
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 still maintains 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.