Road accidents claimed 41 lives in 9 months - Ekiti
Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) R8HK Headquarters, Ilorin, Kwara, Hygenius Omeje says the corps recorded 41 deaths from road crashes, from January to September in Ekiti State.
Omeje made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, during the official inauguration of the “Ember Months” Campaign on Safety.
The zonal commanding officer said the corps recorded 102 Road Traffic Crash (RTC), 27- fatal, 60 -serious 15 - minor, number of people involved - 633 and number injured - 292.
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Omeje, who described as worrisome the negative attitude of Nigerian road users to observing safety, called for attitudinal change to achieve enjoyable motoring on the roads.
He said: “the next time you are behind the wheels, be safety conscious. Always have the right attitude, do not speed, not overtake wrongly and do not drink alcohol while driving, among others.”
Omeje, in spite of that, thanked Ekiti Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi for his administration’s unalloyed support to the corps in ensuring safety on the state roads at all times.
Inaugurating the ember months’ sensitisation and operations, the Ekiti Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, advocated a ban on the sale of alcohol at motor parks in the state.
Egbeyemi urged stakeholders, particularly commercial drivers’ union leaders, to cooperate with security agencies to outlaw the sale of liquor and other intoxicants in motor parks in the state.
He said that a high rate of RTC could be attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol.
“You can’t buy what you do not see, if your members (commercial drivers) do not have access to alcohol at the parks, they may do away with drunk-driving.
“Union leaders must always organise sensitisation programmes on safety measures for their members regularly,” the deputy governor said.
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