Abuja – The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has commenced a nationwide awareness campaign on the compulsory use of seat belts.
The campaign, which precedes the January 2015 enforcement date, is part of the strategies to achieve the Accra Declaration of 2015 which seeks a 50 percent reduction in road crashes and fatalities.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, said the FRSC had noted with concern the level of non-compliance among vehicle occupants on the seat belt directive.
“The Nigerian motoring public is more focused on front seat occupants while the rear seats occupants show high level of indifference to this directive, which poses serious challenges to the Corps’ concerted efforts to address the menace of road crashes in the country. FRSC management has mandated its Commanding Officers across the country to commence robust public enlightenment campaign on the compulsory use of seat belts by all occupants of a moving vehicle, as a build up to a nationwide clamp down on erring road users, commencing on 1st January, 2015,” he said.
According to him, as the lead agency in road safety management and traffic administration in the country, the FRSC had renewed its determination to enshrine this important road culture among road users.
He also said it was a further fulfillment of the FRSC 2014 strategic goals which seeks for 15 percent reduction in road crashes and 25 percent decrease in fatalities and pillar Four of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety which focuses on Safer Road Users.
“This pillar is on developing comprehensive programmes to improve road user behavior through sustained enforcement of road safety laws and standards combined with public awareness and education to increase seat belt and helmet wearing and to reduce drinking and driving, speeding, etc,” Agwu said.
He also stressed on the need for parents to always ensure that their children were strapped to child restraints and positioned in rear seats of moving vehicles while reminding that children below 12 years old should not occupy the front seat of a moving vehicle.
– CAJ News
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