By Adejuwon Osunnuyi
As the 2016 Easter season approaches and Nigerians are once again expected to be on the roads to visit their homes towns and loved ones, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has deployed 11,000 officers, marshals, and special marshals to address the misuse of roads by roads users which normally results in high level of road traffic crashes during festive seasons.
The Head, Media Relations and Strategy of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, stated this in an interview.
According to him, it was based on the observations of the Commission that the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi, approved also the deployment of 795 vehicles, 283 bikes, and 76 ambulances across different parts of the country.
Commander Kazeem, said it is in a bid to arrive their destinations early that most transporters and private vehicle owners drive recklessly and overtake wrongfully, thereby undermining their safe arrival.
He also added that it is in a bid to make more money that most transporters resort to overloading, and the resultant effect is crashes which in turn leads to loss of lives and properties.
The FRSC spokesman stressed that the corps will be out to check all the accident induced factors which are not limited to wrongful overtaking, overloading, reckless driving, dangerous driving, for this 2016 Easter to commence from 24th – 30th of March.
According to Commander Kazeem, “the Corps Marshal’s vision is to increase Traffic Management of the Corps to ensure smooth travels before, during and after the festive season to minimise the occurrence of road traffic crashes on national highways through public enlightenment, removal of rickety and broken down vehicles, and a full-scale enforcement on Fake and expired drivers licence, number plate violation, speed limit violation, overloading violation, lane indiscipline, and wrongful overtaking”.
Commander Kazeem assured that with the measures on ground, and with the cooperation of motorists with all staff of the Corps deployed for the operations, road crashes will be reduced minimally, if not eradicated.
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