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Nothing supernatural about road crashes at year-end – FRSC


Mr. Oluyemi Adewumi, Acting Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ikeja, said on Friday that there is nothing supernatural about road crashes in the final months of the year.

Adewunmi, who launched the FRSC’s end-of-year safety campaign at Kogi Motor Park in Mangoro, Ikeja, stated that rather than supernatural beliefs, crashes were mainly caused by motorists’ violation of traffic rules and regulations.

“The truth is that nothing is supernatural about the closing months of the year; most road crashes are caused due to disobedience to traffic rules and regulations by road users and transporters”.

The months are characterised by extremely high socioeconomic activity, resulting in a significant rise in vehicular movements.

“As a direct consequence, this period is always associated with increased road traffic crashes, fatalities and road congestions which over the years strengthened the misconceptions and myths regarding road traffic and safety during these months,’’ he said.

Most motorists, he claims, throw caution to the wind in difficult traffic situations, with disastrous repercussions for humanity.

According to Adewunmi, a Superintendent Route Commander, the theme for the 2021 campaign, is strategic since the corps is attempting to send the message loudly and deeply into the minds of commercial transport operators in particular.

“This speaks to the reality of two identified critical risk factors of road traffic crashes as evidenced by trend analysis of motoring during this period in recent years.

“These twin issues are excessive speeding and night travel and available statistics indicate that commercial vehicles were more involved in road crashes in 2020,’’ he said.

According to the acting unit commander, speeding has been recognized as the major cause and exacerbating factor in more than 90% of road crashes.

He urged motorists not to perceive the safety campaign as a routine event, but rather as an opportunity to revive the thoughts of many stakeholders on the roads in order to ensure safe driving.

Chief Bolaji Fatai, Chairman of Mangoro Trailer Park, lauded the FRSC for the annual campaign in his remarks.

Fatai stated that his members would make certain that all traffic rules and regulations were adhered to.

“This programme is a welcome development to enlighten motorists on safety.

“I assure the FRSC that all the rules and regulations on the roads will be complied with by our members to ensure a crash-free year-end.

In his remarks, Mr Lawal Adamson, Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, Kogi Park, Mangoro Ikeja, urged members to obey traffic rules and regulations.

Before embarking on the road, Adamson recommended that the union members make sure their vehicles were in good working order.

Before embarking on the road, Adamson recommended that the union members make sure their vehicles were in good working order. The theme of the 2021 safety campaign, is “Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Driving, and Enjoy Quality Road Experience.”

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