The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Lagos State has said that 101 persons died while 625 sustained varying degrees of injury in road crashes in the state between January and August 2021.
The Lagos Sector Commander, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemile, disclosed this during the 2021 Ember Month Safety Campaign Flag-Off on Friday tagged, “Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Driving and Enjoy Quality Road Experience’ organised by the FRSC Badagry Command.
Ogungbemile explained that 15,000 traffic offenders were arrested for various offences while 432 were arrested for driving without valid driving licences during the period, adding that all the affected vehicles had been impounded.
He said crashes were caused due to disobedience to traffic rules and regulations by road users.
He said, “The Ember month’s flag-off is to re-awake the minds of various stakeholders, drivers and all road users to the challenge of ensuring road traffic crash-free. We will continue to build programmes within the primary theme of this year’s campaign and continue to meet the risk factors with adequate interventions.”
Ogungbemile urged road users in Badagry to drive with caution, noting that life has no duplicate.
In his welcome address, the Unit Commander, FRSC Badagry, Mr Sulaiman Taiwo, urged motorists to plan their journeys and avoid night driving.
Taiwo said that the major road crashes usually recorded were due to unplanned journeys and night driving.
He said the corps had intensified public enlightenment campaigns nationwide to sensitise motorists to the proper use of highways to avoid crashes.
Also at the event, the Chairman, Badagry-West Local Council Development Area, Joseph Gbenu, advised motorists not to drink while driving.
Gbenu advised motorists and road users to always check the condition of their vehicles before proceeding on a journey.
Chief Suru Avoseh, who represented the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi I, appealed to drivers and motorists to always obey traffic laws.