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Auto crashes claim 64 lives in Oyo

14 August 2013, 16:45

Ibadan - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Oyo State said that 64 people lost their lives in various automobile crashes between June and July.

Godwin Ogagaoghene, the FRSC state Sector Commander, said that 185 people were injured in the 53 crashes during the period under review.

Ogagaoghene, however, said only one life was lost during the recently concluded Sallah holiday period, between August 6 and August 11.

He said that 23 people were also injured in seven crashes involving 44 victims during the holidays.

The FRSC boss attributed most of the crashes to over-speeding.

When asked what could be done to minimise the accident rate, Ogagaoghene said that motorists must adhere to speed limits, at all times.

“Lots of people still peed, especially on the expressways and they do this by taking advantage of our logistic challenges at the slightest opportunity.”

“We are trying to curb this by devising a new strategy whereby we use our mobile patrol to go ahead of traffic to maintain a set speed limit,’’ he said.

Ogagaoghene added that, to check accidents in the 'ember' months, the FRSC wwill launch a series of sensitisation campaigns to check over-speeding by motorists during the period.

He said the first phase of the campaign, tagged ‘Operation Shield 3,’ is scheduled to hold from August 18 to August 25.

-  NAN


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