By Festus Fifen
Further to its 2014 strategic goals towards a zero road crash, the Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed 455 patrol vehicles, 66 Ambulances, 102 motor bikes, 12 tow trucks and over 34,000 personnel along designated routes as part of measures to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways, during this year’s Easter celebration.
Part of this nationwide engagement plans include a massive deployment of personnel and logistics along 23 designated critical corridors and black spots such as Sagamu-Ore-Benin, Lokoja-Benin-Auchi, Onitsha-Ihiala-Aba, Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-HawanKibo-Jos, Minna-Birnin-Kebbi-Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua-Zaria, Kabba-Umuoke-Ekiti-Ido-Ilesha, Benin-Warri-Patani-Portharcourt and Makurdi-Oturkpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile highways and 65 routes, identified for this exercise”.
This is in addition to the Corps’ 24 emergency ambulance response centres located at designated routes across the country which will be complemented by relevant stakeholders such as the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Emergency Management Agency and others.
This year’s nationwide exercise has become necessary to reduce the spate of road traffic crashes in the country usually attributed to the perennial rise in the violation of traffic rules and regulations especially during festive season.
Road users are hereby advised strictly to desist from night trips and to ensure that vehicles which ply the highways conform to safety standard such as functional head/tail lights, wipers, tyres, fire extinguisher, caution sign and non-defective windscreen.
The public is hereby advised to report any road crash by calling the toll free line 122 and 070022553772 for prompt response to road crashes and any other traffic-related challenges.