AS evidence of its robust efforts to stem crashes on the nation’s roads during the festive period, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, said it reduced road crashes by 33 percent during Christmas celebration period.
Bisi Kazeem, head, Media Relations and Strategy in the commission, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Abuja, on Monday, December 28.
According to Kazeem, the commission recorded 113 road traffic crashes, RTC, within one week of patrol across the country.
The statement said: “113 RTC was recorded on the roads between Dec.19 and Dec.26, compared with 169 RTC recorded same time last year, which shows reduction by 33 per cent.
“Similarly, 86 lives were lost as at Sat. compare with 109, lost within same period last year, which shows improvement of 21 per cent in FRSC’s efforts to save lives on the roads.
“422 people were injured within the period this year which amounts to 30 per cent improvement in operation when compared with 606 people that were injured last year.
“Also, 934 people were involved in crashes within the period under review, compared with 1,284 involved last year within same period, while 426 people were rescued this year unlike 570 last year,” he said.
Kazeem said 25 percent improvement was recorded in the area of live savings on the roads.
On prosecution of offenders Kazeem said, the FRSC had so far arraigned 878 traffic violators and convicted 783, while the rest were discharged.
“Reports from patrols on critical and minor corridors nationwide indicate that 8,825 offenders have been arrested since the beginning of end of the year patrol for 9,792 offences.
“The commission has also arraigned 878 traffic offenders in various mobile courts across the nation while 783 of them were convicted and 95 of those arrested were discharged,” he said.
The statement, therefore, urged road users to always obey traffic rules and regulations, while they should also cooperate with traffic managers on the road, for free flow movement.
Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal of the commission had on December 18, flagged off “Operation Zero tolerance” with the theme: `Drive safely into 2016′, in Onitsha, Anambra State.
For the exercise, Oyeyemi deployed 36,000 personnel and equipment and announced the set up of 200 mobile courts nationwide to arraign traffic offenders during the period.
The FRSC boss also led aerial surveillance on some major corridors across the country on Thursday, December 31, saying the commission was determined to ensure that travellers do not get stocked in traffic.
— Jan 4, 2016 @ 16:40 GMT