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Road crashes kill 278 people in 3 states in 9 months

Road crashes kill 278 people in 3 states in 9 months
Written by Maritime First

…As FRSC impounds 219 motorcycles, tricycles in Nasarawa state***

The Zone Rs 5 Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) announced on Friday that 278 deaths were recorded in Edo, Delta and Anambra between January and September this year.

The Commanding Officer of the zone, Mr Kehinde Adeleye indicated this in Benin, noting that 1,492 people were also injured in 492 road accidents recorded within the period.

He said that about 157 cases were recorded as fatal, while 283 cases were documented as serious with 52 cases reported as minor.

The commander explained, however, that between July and September, about 90 people were reported killed in the zone in 168 road accidents with 481 people injured.

Adeleye said that 56 cases were also reported as fatal with 89 recorded as serious and 23 reported as minor incidents in three months from July to September.

The officer said that the zone had put machinery in motion to ensure a drastic reduction of road traffic crashes in the zone in the remaining months of this year.

He said the command would be collaborating with other agencies the `ember months’ to curb road traffic crashes drastically.

According to him, the collaboration will entail joint deployment of personnel and logistics to ensure that the roads were safe for motorists and other road users, especially in accident-prone areas on the highways.

Adeleye said that the command had sought the intervention of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency and the Federal Ministry of Works to fix bad sports on the highways.

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He said the command had also been talking with governors in the three states, to repair failed portions of roads to prevent accidents.

Adeleye said that special marshals and traffic management officers in the three states were being sensitised on traffic management, ahead of the `ember’ months.

In the meantime, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nasarawa state Command, says the command has impounded 219 motorcycles and Tricycles in two days over several violations in the state.

Mr Maiwada Kugu, FRSC Sector Commander in the state highlighted this, in Lafia on Friday, in the course of conducting an enforcement of drivers’ license and number plates for motorcycles and tricycles nationwide beginning from Oct. 2.

Kugu said out of the 219 impounded so far between Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, 204 motorcycles were impounded while 15 commercial tricycle were also impounded for issues bordering on non possession of driver`s licences and no number plates among others.

He said the command impounded 154 motorcycles and 12 tricycles on Wednesday, making it 166 for the first day while 50 motorcycles and three tricycles were also impounded on Thursday making it 53 for the second day.

Kugu said the enforcement has been successful because the command had involved the two unions whose vehicles were impounded, sister security agencies and several other stakeholders.

“Traditional and religious leaders were also part of our team. This is part of FRSC contribution to national security.

“This enforcement will help us have an improved data base, which will help us arrest criminals using motorcycles and tricycles to perpetuate criminality in the state,” he said.

Kugu said some of the benefits of the enforcement include improved revenue generation for the state.

He said that it also afforded the corps the opportunity to give direct public enlightenment to defaulters to abide by rules.

The commander added that during the enforcement, there was full cooperation from all stakeholders including those whose motorcycles and tricycles were impounded.

“Surprisingly, they all cooperated and accepted their faults. What we are doing now is more of a warning so as to give offenders the opportunity to change and do the right thing,” he said.



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