Lafia - A total of 44 persons died in 181 traffic accidents in Nasarawa State from in the last 11 months of this year, Mr Francis Udoma, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), in the state, has said.
Udoma told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia on Friday that 378 others sustained various degrees of injuries.
The commander, who attributed the major cause of the accidents to reckless driving, cautioned motorists to respect traffic rules and the rights of other road users.
Udoma particularly urged motorists to be extra careful during the festive periods in view of the increased vehicular movement.
He said that the command had taken measures, such as increasing the number of officers on the roads, to reduce carnage on highways.
Udoma further told NAN that the command had also commenced series of activities to sensitise the public on the need to obey traffic rules and regulations to facilitate safe driving and reduce accidents.
The sector commander reminded drivers that "life has no duplicate", adding that it became imperative for them to avoid over speeding and obey traffic rules.