By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, has cautioned motorists against speeding and wrongful overtaking to stem crashes as the year draws to an end.
The Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, stated this on Thursday, during the 2021 Ember Months Campaign launched by Ifo command at Tipper garage, Sanyo-Ota, Ogun.
It was reported that the 2021 Ember Months Campaign had as its theme, “Maintain Speed, avoid night travel and enjoy quality road experience.
Umar, represented by Dr Adelaja Ogungbemi, FRSC Deputy Corps Commander of Operation, Ogun, noted that most of the crashes that claimed lives of people had been attributed to speeding and wrongful overtaking.
“The motorists should reduce speed and shun wrongful overtaking because it will be easy for drivers to control vehicles with low speed when an accident happens than the one on a top speed,” he said.
The sector Commander implored motorists to make conscious efforts by concentrating and focussing while driving to avoid mishaps on the highways.
Umar advised motorists to maintain safe speed and desist from night travel in order to stem road traffic crashes.
He stressed the need for them to regularly use their seat beats to reduce fatality rate when crashes occurred.
Umar also cautioned motorists against the use of second hand tyres popularly known as tokunbo “because it also contributes to crashes on the roads.”
The Ifo Unit Commander of FRSC, Mr Joseph Akinsanya, admonished road users, motorists and pedestrians to be cautious while using the road to avoid unnecessary loss of life.
Akinsanya warned motorists to avoid dangerous driving, use of alcohol and speeding in order to enjoy quality road experience.
“As a corps, we are committed to improving safety on Nigeria roads and we would continue to do our best to ensure a free flow of traffic and reducing crashes to the barest minimum,” he said.
The unit Commander warned traders to stop displaying/spreading their wares across the road on market days to prevent oncoming vehicles from ramming into them.