Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed thousands of personnel as part on interventions to reduce the spate of road traffic infractions on the nation’s highways during the festive season.
The organisation has deployed 34 000 operatives and 484 patrol vehicles for a special nationwide intervention patrol which was scheduled to commence on Wednesday and end on January 12.
The operation is dubbed “Operation Zero Tolerance.”
Speaking on the nationwide exercise which is the fourth in the series of special intervention patrols, initiated by the FRSC to achieve its 2013 strategic goals of reducing fatality by 30 percent and road crashes by 20 percent, Corps Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu said aside from the personnel, the exercise would see the deployment of 53 advanced life support ambulances, eight heavy duty tow trucks, nine medium and light duty tow trucks, 102 patrol bikes and four helicopters for aerial surveillance.
“The operation has become necessary due to the usual increased movement of people and goods across the nation’s roads, thereby stretching the road infrastructure and tasking also traffic law enforcement officers due to several potential traffic distresses that must be prevented or attended to promptly,” he said.
Agwu added that the exercise was in line with the FRSC resolve to achieve the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) and the Accra Declaration of year 2007.
According to him, 23 corridors and 65 routes had been identified nationwide for this exercise.
In addition, he said, FRSC had established 20 critical traffic control camps to ensure seamless response to road crashes and traffic gridlock.
This is in addition to 20 Help areas and 14 zebra points along these identified corridors for prompt first aid and medical assistance to victims of road traffic crashes.
“The nationwide exercise which will inter-twined with robust public enlightenment campaigns is the highpoint of the Corps’ consistent tradition in the year towards road crash reduction and to avoid a one-off approach to road safety management in Nigeria. The 2013 Operation Zero Tolerance patrol signifies the intension of the Corps to do all within its powers to ensure that zero road crash, injury and death are recorded throughout the period of the yuletide,” he said.
It is estimated that 300 000 Nigerians are killed while 10 and 15 million are injured annually in road crashes.
These peak during the holidays as human error is mostly blamed.
“Road traffic crashes are avoidable and only obedience to best practices of road use will guaranty the safety of all road users,” Agwu said.
– CAJ News