By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokua
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun State has attributed 50 per cent of road traffic crashes to speeding, saying that commercial vehicles were responsible for 30 per cent of the accidents.
Mr Davies Ogiamien, the Ogun FRSC Head of Operations, said this while addressing stakeholders at the 2nd quarterly meeting held at the Command’s Headquarters in Abeokuta.
The reports that the stakeholders’ meeting is tagged: Installation of Speed limiters device; a key to RTC reduction.
Ogiamien reiterated that the installation of the device would help reduce road accident.
The FRSC head of operations said that installation of speed limiter device by motorists would drastically reduced the rate of crashes on the highways.
He said that the FRSC had collaborated with Ominet Technology to ensure easy purchase of the device.
“Over speeding is responsible for 50 per cent of death and road traffic crashes on our roads. That is why we need to manage our speed, and if we manage it well, we would stay alive.
“Our message is clear; drive to stay alive.
“We don’t want to carry dead bodies any longer and that is why the management, directed by the Federal Government said we should install speed limit device in all commercial vehicles.
“This period, we are celebrating United Nations Global Road Safety Week and the theme is “Managing speed”. We are out to ensure that speed limit of commercial vehicles is monitored.
Mrs ijibadejo Omolola, the Managing Director, Ominet Technology, said that the essence of the device was to manage speeding and also to reduce rate of accidents on highways.
She said that the device does not stop the engine or brain box of any vehicle, adding that it was a careless rumor passed around by drivers.
“There is a statistics of speed given to all vehicles: trucks 60-90km/h and Cars 90-120km/h.
“All these is to control the speed and not allowing it to go beyond the set speed at any point in time and it reduce the level of crashes,” She said.
Present at the meeting were members of the road transports unions across the state.