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Auto accidents claim 6 lives in Osun

30 August 2012, 16:21

Osun - The Osun FRSC Sector Command recorded eight road accidents, leading to the death of six persons and injuries on 62 persons, including five children, during the recent Eid-El-Fitr celebration in the state.

The Sector Commander, Mr Imoh Etuk, disclosed this on Thursday in Osogbo.

``The breakdown of the figures showed that five female adults and one adult male died in the crashes, while 24 male adults and 33 female adults were among the injured persons.

According to him, 516 traffic violators were booked, while 239 vehicles were impounded between Aug. 16, and Aug. 22, when the special patrol was carried out.

He said that fines ranging between N2,000 and N5,000 were imposed on offenders, while 84 persons with minor offences were cautioned and discharged.

``Prevailing offences among the motorists and motorcyclists arrested include route violation, non-usage of seat-belts, and riding without safety-helmets,’’ he said.

Etuk said that the command would keep on sensitising the public on the need to abide by basic traffic rules and regulations, as part of measures to curtail mishap during the remaining months of 2012.

He appealed to motorists, especially commercial drivers and motorcyclists, to drive and ride with caution and avoid overloading.

He cautioned road users plying the Osogbo/Gbongan road to always exercise patient on the road so as to avoid some bad portions of the road.

Etuk said that the portions were prone to accidents, and warned car owners not to allow children to sit in the front seats of their cars.

``It is against traffic regulations for an underage sitting in front-seat of a vehicle. Such a child can hit the dashboard in case of an accident. Even seat-belts will not hold an underage firmly the way it holds an adult.’’

Etuk said that the commission’s target was to reduce road accidents and not to witch-hunt any motorist, and called on members of the public to report any officer involved in misconduct to his office.


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