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'Auto-accidents claim 181 in 3 months'

30 April 2014, 17:12

Osun - The Federal Road Safety Commission said on Tuesday that  181 persons died  in road crashes between January and March in Osun, Oyo and Ondo States.

The FRSC Head of  Operations in Charge of  Zone 11, Jide Fehintola, gave the  figure on Tuesday in Ile-Ife, Osun.

The zone comprised of the three states of Osun, Oyo and Ondo.

Fehintola, who  declared  open the first quarterly retreat of the Ile-Ife Unit of the FRSC, said  the zone recorded 222 road accidents during the period in  which 1 674 people were involved.

He said the accidents happened at different locations on the  high ways in the three states, adding that some of the accidents were fatal while some were not too serious.

Fehintola  said the aim of the commission was  to eradicate or reduce road accidents in the country.

“The commission had embarked on measures to reduce the rate of road accidents in the zone in the remaining part  of the year.

"The vision of the commission is to reduce road accidents by 15 per cent and fatality by 25 per cent before the end of the year," he said.

According to him, the accidents recorded in the three states were mostly caused by speeding and the use of expired tyres.

He said  the Public Enlightenment Unit of the FRSC had embarked on aggressive campaign to reduce accidents.

Fehintola, who noted that many of the accidents were recorded on weekends, said the commission had commenced  special weekend patrols.

 - NAN

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