THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has identified human factor as one of the challenges facing it in the management of road crashes in the country.
Mr John Meheux, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer of Ogun and Lagos State Commands, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Meheux said that the rate of recklessness among the drivers on the highways was worrisome, adding that many motorists were driving without care or regard for other road users.
“This is the reason why we have embarked on rigorous enlightenment and sensitisation of drivers in various motor parks.
“If you spend five minutes standing on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, you will see the recklessness of our drivers.
“The human factor is our greatest challenge on the highways.
“It is expected that motorists should take precautions, obey the rules on the road, especially where there are ongoing repair works, but some of them are not careful enough to obey them.
“This is why we have increasing cases of crashes on the highways due to the negligence of the drivers.
“But, if we can take care of the human factor, obviously the increasing number of crashes will be avoided; that is why we are constantly enlighten them on the implications of reckless driving,’’ he said.
According to him, public education and sensitisation are major ways of curbing the menace of crashes on the roads.
The FRSC commander also said that the corps had discovered some black spots prone to accidents on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He said that the development would curb the frequent road crashes along the corridor.
“Our officers are always on ground to monitor, control vehicular movement and do proper enforcement to prevent road crashes.
“We are well represented on the roads; enforcement is not only solutions to crashes and that is why on monthly basis, we collate the black spots and send it to the headquarters,” Meheux said.
NAN recalls that FRSC had said no fewer than 215 people were killed in road accidents on the Lagos-Ogun Road corridor in the first six months of 2018.
The zonal commander had on July 19 at a sensitisation rally at the Ojota Park in Lagos said that the total number of road crashes recorded within the period stand at 434.
He said that 237 of the accidents involving 3,696 were classified as serious with 1,363 people sustaining injuries,’’ he said.
The FRSC commander said that the development compelled the corps to embark on rigorous sensitisation and enlightenment of commercial bus drivers to caution them on the dangers of reckless driving. (NAN)
Jul. 31, 2018 @ 17:49 GMT |