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.
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